This News was culled from Punch News Publication of June 8th, 2021
The Lagos State Government has penalised 46 schools which were investigated and indicted for examination malpractice and document falsification.
The investigation was said to have been carried out by the Office of Education Quality Assurance during the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
A statement by the Public Affairs, OEQA, Olaniran Emmanuel, said 27 out of the schools were fined N500,000.
The statement reads partly, “Investigative panel led by the Director- General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, has 27 schools indicted by the West Africa Examination Council for general examination malpractice and were fined up to N500,000, payable to the state government’s coffers following the conclusion of the investigations.”
Furthermore, the statement explained that all indicted schools were to repeat Whole School Evaluation and Subject Recognition Inspection process with OEQA within the two years de-recognition period as mandated by WAEC.
“As part of efforts of the Lagos State Government’s zero tolerance policy on examination malpractice, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, who was represented by the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, led the investigation panel of enquiry where 19 schools were investigated and indicted for general examination malpractice and document falsification by the Office of Education Quality Assurance during the year 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination. Letters of warning were issued to some of the schools while others were told to pay fines as a punishment,” it read.