ODSG sanctions schools and principals over examination malpractices
By Bukola Olamona
The Ondo State government has sanctioned private schools and public school Principals indicted following the reports of their involvement in examination malpractices.
The commissioner for Education Science and Technology Mr Femi Agagu who made the disclosure in a meeting with the principals of public and private schools said government could no longer tolerate the level of Indiscipline in some schools in the state.
Agagu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry Rev. Akin Asaniyan said it was denigrating that some principals and proprietors threw caution and integrity to the wind as a result of little inducement from candidates.
The commissioner said following reports from both West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) which indicted some schools, in 2017, 2018 and 2019 examinations, a disciplinary committee was set up by the ministry and those found culpable were sanctioned.
Agagu said students should be able to defend their certificates, noting that any certificate acquired from the unwholesome system would not earn the owner and the society any glory.
Director, Inspectorate and Quality Assurance of the ministry who doubles as the chairman of the committee Chief Olusola Akanle said about 450 teachers, principals and invigilators were blacklisted for examination malpractices by the examination bodies out of which only 19 were from Ondo state.
Akanle said 360 schools were also pencilled down for derecognition by the examination bodies out which 19 was also from Ondo state.
Akanle explained that despite the minute percentage of persons and Schools culpable in the state, efforts were on to ensure that Ondo State was rid of examination malpractices and other vices in the schools
According to him the recommended sanctions were letters of warning to first offenders, revocation of operating licences of private schools who were second and third offenders
He revealed that Principals of public secondary schools that were found culpable were downgraded by one grade level to serve as deterrent to others
Although the number of affected principals in the demotion category was not known, the Commissioner said their letters would be sent to them in due course.