Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has threatened heavy sanctions against any school head or officials caught aiding and abetting examination malpractice in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the warning is coming as a result of examination malpractice that was uncovered during the WAEC examination between April 8 and May 31, 2029.
The malpractice led to the blacklist of 165 schools in the state and financial penalties from the examination body.
AbdulRazaq said this on Thursday in Ilorin in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Rafiu Ajakaye.
According to the governor, the 2019 incident is the worst in the history of the state as it affected 122 public secondary schools and 43 private schools, each fined N250,000.
“This administration is sad to note that WAEC has derecognised 165 schools in Kwara because of widespread cases of cheating in the 2019 senior secondary certificate examination in which some top education officials and parents were implicated.
“This is very unfortunate and this administration will not hesitate to sanction any school head or officials that ever engage in such conduct in the future,
“The administration also urges parents to desist from encouraging cheating in the examination. We call on Kwarans to expose this cancer.
“As a result of such incidents of aiding and abetting of examination malpractices, this administration will now have to pay N30.5 million of scarce public resources to get the necessary approval for the affected public schools to host WAEC examinations in the future.
“This is avoidable. Examination malpractice constitutes some of the worst hindrance to a bright future because it negates the time tested principles of hard work, diligence, and thirst for knowledge and excellence,” the statement added.
It noted that such unhealthy trend and other shortcomings in the sector explains why the government is organising an education summit in the first quarter of 2020 to discuss all the issues affecting the sector and come up with practicable roadmap and reform options.