Lagos State Government has fined schools indicted by the West Africa Examination Council for general examination malpractice during the year 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination N13.5.
The state government announced this in a statement issued by the Office of Education Quality Assurance in Lagos State.
A statement signed by the OEQA’s public affairs officer, Olaniran Emmanuel, said each of the schools will pay up to N500,000 to the Lagos State Government following the conclusion of the investigation.
The Director-General, OEQA, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led an investigative panel set up to ascertain the authenticity of the allegations levelled against the schools by WAEC, noted that the fine is to serve as a deterrent to offenders.
She said all indicted schools are to repeat the Whole School Evaluation and Subject Recognition Inspection process with OEQA within the two years de-recognition period as mandated by WAEC.
She also stressed that the decisions of the investigative panel of enquiry were corrective measures, adding that recalcitrant offenders can have their approval totally withdrawn and school deregistered.
Also, Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, led another investigation panel of enquiry, where 19 schools were investigated and indicted for general examination malpractice and document falsification during the year 2020 WASSCE and BECE.
Letters of advice and warning were issued to some of the schools, while others were told to pay fines as a punishment.
The TESCOM Chairman, while speaking with the affected school owners, affirmed that the state government would continue in its quest to identify recalcitrant schools and sanction them accordingly.
“A level of trust has been reposed in schools to uphold the virtues of a qualitative educational system and not continue to bring disrepute to the state ministry of education,” she said.
Mrs Seriki-Ayeni had earlier urged owners of schools to ascertain that their students are adequately prepared for external examinations to avoid any form of examination malpractice.
She said, “You must ensure to instil good morals in your students because the Lagos State Government has zero-tolerance for examination malpractice and any form of social vices.
“Therefore, all school administrators must see to it that their students are self-confident, rooted and well-groomed academically.”