The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has removed 37 secondary schools in Benue state from conducting the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations over alleged malpractices.
Benue state Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, who disclosed this Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in his office in Makurdi, said the 37 that were blacklisted were notorious for examination malpractices.
He said the Benue state government had also identified 38 principals championing examination malpractices in the affected schools and would sanction them accordingly.
Professor Tyavyar, explained that the ministry would demote the 37 principals of the affected schools as part of measures to ensure sanity in the system, adding that the remaining one would also be sanctioned alongside the 37 for a similar offences.
Ityavyar noted that even though the 38th school was not blacklisted, the examination body identified some sharp practices in the school, hence the decision of government to sanction the principal of the school, to serve as deterrence to others.
While stressing that government decided it would penalise the principals for the disrepute they brought upon the system and the state, the commissioner said henceforth anyone identified to be involved in any sharp practices would get outright sack.
He said government had put in place modalities to restore order in the education system in the state and would not spare anyone that toys with it.
The commissioner further noted that government closed down over 2,000 mushroom schools in the state, so as to ensure that schools offering education in Benue, started on a solid foundation.
He also disclosed that the state had concluded arrangement to hand over all grant-aided secondary schools to their private owners.
“Government is currently spending more than N600 million on the private schools. We want to concentrate on the government schools and upgrade the standard to a befitting status. Because of this, by August this year, we will be returning all grant-aided schools to their private owners,” he added.