Exam malpractices: WAEC sanctions 30 schools in Lagos

lagos —THE West African Examination Council,
WAEC, has sanctioned 30 secondary schools in
Lagos State over alleged involvement in
examination malpractices at the May/June
2015 Senior School Certificate Examination,
SSCE. Meantime, the Lagos State Government
has concluded plans to shut any private school
operating illegally in the state, saying “of the 11,
000 private schools in Lagos, only 4, 000 are
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti
Adebule said this at a stakeholders meeting with
Proprietors and Owners of Private Schools in the
state held at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja. Adebule
said, “I am not happy with how the 2015 WAEC
examination was held. 30 schools were caught
engaging in examination malpractices. This is
not good at all as it affects the state in terms
of national rating.”
The deputy governor lamented that a larger
percent of the private schools in the state do
not employ qualified teachers and school
administrators, adding that “at the end,
students’ outcome and performances are
negatively affected.” According to her, “I urge
school owners to stop cutting corners for the
sake of making money and protect the integrity
of the education sector.”
Adebule said “Statistics show that we have over
11, 000 private schools in the state, but only 4,
000 are registered with the ministry of
education, meaning that many are operating
illegally in the state.” The deputy governor said
that the census government would commence
censors of private schools in the state and
intensify regulations to ensure that required
standards are upheld.
She also promised to meet with the tax
authority to review levies, dues and taxes to
make operations of schools easier for the
proprietors. Adebule said “We recognise your
role in the sector and as a government we will
ensure that you get all the support and we are
ready to partner with you to move the sector