Exam fraud: Rivers demotes 14 principals, shuts 21 private schools

e rivers state commissioner for education prof kaniye ebeku x
e rivers state commissioner for education prof kaniye ebeku x

From Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Government has  declared immediate demotion of 14 principals of public schools, and withdrawn the operational licenses of 21 private schools over their alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku stated  this when he addressed newsmen in Port Harcourt, on Monday.

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He said the action was taken following  a  letter written to the Ministry of Education by the West African Examination Council (WASC), which  contained a list of 35  secondary schools in the state.

He said the schools have  been delisted, with respect to some malpractices in the conduct of WAEC exams in 2021.

“We received a letter from the WAEC containing the list of 35 secondary schools in the state that have been delisted for the purpose of writing WAEC examinations and their offences.

“Especially bothered on the fact that they were discovered that there were some malpractices in the conduct of last year’s examinations.

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“Now upon receipt of the letter, we immediately invited the affected schools to a meeting.

“We presented this information to them, and found that those at the helm of affairs in the various schools allowed this sort of situation to arise. Following that, we decided on certain sanctions.

“For all principals, who are still in service and who superintended at the time this situation arose, we have directed that they be demoted.

“For all schools that are found in the list, we have directed that their licenses to operate be withdrawn forthwith.This is the situation of things right now,” Prof Ebeku stated.

He said the state government led by Governor Nyesom Wike does not condone any form of examination malpraces whether in public and private schools in the state.   

“We have said it again and again that we have zero tolerance on exam malpractice. The WAEC is aware and they (WAEC) have actually written a letter to commend the commissioner for his efforts in ensuring that there are no malpractices in the schools.