Lagos fines 46 colleges for exam malpractices

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By Damola Kola-Dare 

NO fewer than 46 schools have been indicted and fined in Lagos State for examination malpractices.

Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, represented by the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mrs.
Elizabeth Ariyo, led an investigation panel of enquiry, during which 19 schools were indicted for general examination malpractice and document falsification.

The Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) probed their participation in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

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In another investigative panel led by the OEQA Director-General, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, 27 schools indicted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for general examination malpractice were fined up to N500,000 payable to the state government’s coffers to serve as a deterrent to others.

She emphasised that the decisions of the investigative panel of enquiry are corrective measures, adding that recalcitrant offenders can have their approval totally withdrawn and the school deregistered.

All indicted schools are to repeat the Whole School Evaluation (WSE) and Subject Recognition Inspection (SRI) process with OEQA within the two years derecognition period as mandated by WAEC.

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Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni urged owners of schools to ascertain that their students are adequately prepared for external examinations to avoid any form of examination malpractice.

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