Obaseki Orders Arrest of Teachers Over Examination Malpractices

Some teachers in one of the privately owned primary schools in Edo State have been arrested for allegedly attempting to manipulate the conduct of the Primary School Leaving Certificate examination held across the state yesterday.

They were arrested on the orders of Governor Godwin Obaseki who paid an unscheduled visit to some schools where the examination held.

Obaseki was at the schools to ascertain the level of sanity and orderliness during public examinations.

The governor expressed displeasure over activities noticed at Ologbosere Primary School in Ikpoba Okha Local Government where an official and a private school teacher accompanied their pupils to sit for the primary six examinations.

Other centres visited by the governor included Ebenezer Primary Schools, Ivbyenova Primary School, St Saviour and George Idah Primary School.

Obaseki said his visit was part of his quest to reposition basic education with a view to bringing glory back to education

The governor, who declared that the era of malpractice during examinations was over, wondered why some parents wanted to gain access into the examination venue.

According to him: “We are bothered about the corruption and malpractices in examination process, as you can see, a lot of parents had to be kept out particularly those from the private schools who may have paid for their children to do well.

“They wanted access into the schools to be able to influence the process of the exams and they were stopped.

“I am happy that our officials have done well in ensuring that the standards we require and want to set are met.

“For the private school teachers who were caught trying to influence the examination, they would face the law as we are going to investigate them and l am sure that the Ministry of Education has its own rules on how to deal with such matters.

“We decided that we will have the examination for primary six pupils which is a standard exam properly monitored.

“As a policy, we have decided that this exam should be reorganised and made a lot better and professional.”

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Osayuware Idahosa, said the challenge of shortage of examination materials was mitigated.

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