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Monday, November 29, 2021

Ondo records seamless conduct in SSCE -WAEC

By Kehinde Oluwatayo

The conduct of the just concluded Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE in Ondo State has been adjudged one of the best in Nigeria.
Speaking at the 2021 WAEC State Committee meeting on evaluation of previous examinations yesterday, Head, Branch office of WAEC in the state, Mr Olanrewaju Binuomoyo said the state had a seamless relationship with the body during the period.
Binuomoyo who said no case of malpractice was recorded in the state, noted that the exam fee including the administrative charges were paid before the commencement of the examination.
“I have been in WAEC for 26 years, I have never had a seemless relationship with any state like the one I had with Ondo state in the just concluded examination. This meeting is critical to the existence of WAEC. Please whatever you think will help us move forward say it, we are open to criticism for further improvement.
On efforts by WAEC to curb exam malpractices in the country, He said the body has advanced technologically in ensuring that malpractice is nipped in the bud.
In her address at the meeting, Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda said the meeting was to evaluate the conduct of the previous SSCE examination.
She stated that the state places high premium on education under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu which is evidenced in several projects carried out in the sector.
Her words :”I can say without mincing words that Ondo state does not owe WAEC a penny. Government took the pain to pay everything. I also want to reaffirm that the state has zero tolerance to exam malpractice. And through joint promotion exam, we hope we will be able to sustain it in no distant time”.
Director of School Services in the ministry, Dr Akindele Ige said WAEC has performed well over the years with regards to the conduct and administration of the SSCE in the state.
He said that the meeting became necessary to brainstorm on the immediate year’s activities in SSCE to understand what the future has in stock.
A member of the committee, Mr Ajinde Mebawondu noted that the he did not receive any report of malpractice in the state, describing the conduct as okay.
Mebawondu who is the state President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools however said the problem encountered by the schools was that of afternoon papers.
“Before, when a paper contains theory and objectives, the two would be released together but it was not so in this case. And considering schools that are far from the custodian centre and the school will not be paid. They said we should go to the supervisor. So it caused a lot of problems for us”, he said.
He called on WAEC to pay schools directly to prevent such problems.
Also, state Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Mr Tajudeen Balogun commended the efforts of state government in ensuring that the exam was free of problems through the payment of the examination fees for students.
“By my own assessment, the exam was free of malpractices. And because the state has zero tolerance to examination malpractice see students were leaving the state for other states to write the exam”.
He called for better welfare package for teachers and charged the ministry to ensure timely release of the SS2 joint exam and continuous payment of the SSCE exam fee to further curb exam malpractices in the state.

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