- No fewer than twenty-seven schools have been fined by the Lagos State Government.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that no fewer than twenty-seven schools indicted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for examination malpractice during the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been fined N13.5 million by the Lagos State Government.
This was made known via a statement issued by the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) in Lagos State on Monday.
The statement was signed by the OEQA’s Public Affairs Officer, Olaniran Emmanuel.
Emmanuel stated that each of the schools will pay up to N500,000 to the Lagos State Government’s coffers following the conclusion of the investigation.
Similarly, the Director-General, OEQA, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led an investigative panel 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.
According to her, all indicted schools, are to repeat the Whole School Evaluation (WSE) and Subject Recognition Inspection (SRI) process with OEQA within the two years de-recognition period as mandated by WAEC.
The OEQA Director-General further emphasized 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panel of enquiry were corrective measures, adding that recalcitrant offenders can have their approval totally withdrawn and school deregistered.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, the Chairman of Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), 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.
It was gathered that letters of advice and warning were issued to some of the schools, while others were told to pay fines as a punishment.
According to Daily Trust, the TESCOM Chairman, who spoke to the affected school owners, affirmed that the state government would continue in its quest to identify recalcitrant schools and sanction them accordingly.
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