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Exam Malpractice: 147 Ebonyi Private Schools To Pay N36.7million



147 private schools deregistered in Ebonyi State for alleged examination malpractice are to pay the sum of N250,000 each to West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The private schools alongside some public schools in the state were deregistered last year by the examination body for alleged malpractices.

The schools were charged N500,000 each as fine by the body for the academic offences.

However, the state government has paid the sum of N50million for public schools involved in the practice remaining the balance of N48million out of the N98million fine slammed on the public schools by the WAEC.

The examination body also imposed N500,000 on the 147 private schools it accused of malpractices.

But WAEC has waved the N48million for public schools that were accused of the practice following the plea by the state government and slashed that of private schools caught in the act by the examination body to N250,000 each.

The state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Sunday Nwangele disclosed this to journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He warned that any Principal whose school is found encouraging examination malpractice henceforth, will be dismissed immediately without fair hearing.

“Should any school be alleged in examination malpractice, the Principal will go in for it. As a matter of fact, we have called a meeting of all the Principal and endorsed this covenant, that should there be any case of examination malpractice in their schools, the Principal will be sacked even without fair hearing.

“So, it is as serious as that. This is a demonstration of displeasure of the government of Ebonyi State towards examination malpractices.

” I know that Principals will come up with an argument that the sinister thing there is that there is a website where sometimes WAEC question papers leaks ahead of exams but I trust that WAEC is digital enough to handle that”, he said. ENDS

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