No fewer than 165 schools in Kwara state are facing sanction from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) after being found guilty of malpractices in 2019 WAEC.
Affected are: 122 public secondary schools and 43 private schools, with each fined N250,000.
The state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, revealed this on Thursday.
AbdulRazaq expressed his disgust at examination malpractices, saying the sanction has cost the state in money just as he warned parents found of abetting erring candidates to desist from the unwholesome practice, a statement his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, released said.
The statement read in part: “This administration is sad to note that WAEC has derecognised 165 schools in Kwara because of widespread cases of cheating in the 2019 senior secondary certificate examination in which some top education officials and parents were implicated.
“This is very unfortunate and this administration will not hesitate to sanction any school heads or officials that ever engage in such conduct in the future.
“The administration also urges parents to desist from encouraging cheating in the examination. We call on Kwarans to expose this cancer. As a result of such incidents of aiding and abetting of examination malpractices, this administration will now have to pay N30.5m of scarce public resources to get the necessary approval for the affected public schools to host WAEC examinations in the future. This is avoidable. Examination malpractice constitutes some of the worst hindrance to a bright future because it negates the time tested principles of hard work, diligence, and thirst for knowledge and excellence.”