Oyo State Government has said it will sanction principals and parents of recently delisted schools by the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) for examination malpractices in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated this in Ibadan, on Monday.
Abdu-Raheem said the state government would sanction both the principals and parents found wanting because of its zero tolerance on examination malpractice.
He also warned principals to desist from encouraging examination malpractice, which he said was becoming endemic in both the private and public schools in the state.
“It should be noted that the Oyo State Government has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, therefore, principals and teachers of both private and public schools and parents were earlier warned to desist from any act of collaboration on examination malpractices as sanctions would be meted to concerned staff and parents,” he said.
According to the commissioner, only the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has the authority to release list of schools that were identified to be involved in examination malpractices and de-recognise such schools accordingly.
He further stated that derecognised schools will not be permitted to present candidates for WAEC for a period of two years, saying, “however, this does not debar students of such schools from sitting for the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), as they are mobilised to the nearest school to write the WAEC; only the identified school is derecognised as a WAEC Centre”.
“It should be noted that the Government of Oyo State will waste no time to investigate any such occurrence, while the necessary punishments as enumerated above will be meted to anyone found guilty,” he added.
The commissioner advised heads of both public and private schools in the state to desist from any act that could ridicule their schools and portray the image of the state in bad light.
He enjoined the general public to note that no student in the state would be prevented from writing WAEC in the 2022/2023 academic session and subsequent years.