Edo Suspends 28 Public Schools’ Principals

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No fewer than 28 principals of public senior secondary schools in Edo have been suspended by the state government over their involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The suspension, which was announced by the Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale in a memorandum to the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, noted that the decision to suspend the affected principals followed the receipt of “report of investigations on the issue carried out and decision reached by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cancelling the results of affected candidates.
The affected schools have also been de-recognised for a period of two years, with effect from the WASSCE for school candidates, 2019.”
For the private schools, Agbale ordered that a query be sent to 28 private secondary schools to explain in 72 hours why they should not be deregistered/de-recognised for involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 WASSCE.
He said this was after receipt of the report on the issue and a decision reached by West African Examination Council (WAEC) to cancel results of the affected candidates in the 2018 WASSCE and derecognising the schools for a period of two years, with effect from the WASSCE for school candidates, 2019.
He directed that a strong warning in writing be issued proprietors of the affected private secondary schools for complicity in examination malpractice in their respective schools/institutions in the WASSCE for candidates.
The commissioner said that seven other principals of public senior secondary schools in the state were reprimanded for complicity in examination malpractice in their schools in the 2018 WASSCE for school candidates. A total of 16 private and secondary schools got warning letters for complicity in examination malpractice.