Agagu tasks stakeholders on eradication of exam malpractice
By Bukola Olamona
Stakeholders in the education sector in Ondo State have been admonished to let all hands be on deck to nip examination malpractice in the bud as the state has zero tolerance for it.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu gave the charge in an interview after a meeting with the State Examination Ethics and Disciplinary Committee (SEEDC) on how to curb examination malpractices in the state.
He said if all stakeholders come together to fight it headlong, examination malpractice will become a thing of the past in the state.
Agagu who said the meeting became imperative, so as to ensure that there is sanctity in the administration of examinations and to ensure that exams are hitch free and free of malpractices, enthused that when students cheat at one level, it will catch up on them at another level.
“So it is something that should be discouraged, they must all cooperate with the ministry and stamp out malpractices out of the state , because they and their children will benefit the most.
He therefore warned that any school, supervisor or principal that is found culpable will be punished or get deregistered.
In an interview, some of the stakeholders applauded the ministry for every effort they have been putting in place to ensure that examination malpractices become a thing of the past.
The State Chairman, ANCOPPS, Mr Mebawondun Ajinde said the meeting was apt as some grey areas concerning examination malpractice have been ironed out and solutions provided to them.
He said not all the blames should be put on principals as some malpractices emanate from the examination bodies, though not deliberate.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director, Exams, National Examination Council (NECO),Mr Oluwole Omoniyi, said since all stakeholders have come together to forge ahead, the move will bring about the best in examinations in the state.
“We have to work together as a team to catch them right from the cradle, Primary, Junior secondary and Senior secondary so as to let it enter their psychology that malpractices is a very bad thing that is not beneficial, productive and futuristic, therefore they should steer clear.
” I know that Ondo state is a viable state for this with the level of preparedness for this through jingles, barbers, series of drama on radio and television.
“If all of us synergise, I think we will get there,” he stated.