The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie has said that the ministry would not hesitate to sanction principals, supervisors examination monitors and teachers who aid and abet examination malpractice in the state.
Mr Ebie made this known during a briefing session for examination monitors for the 2019 Senior School Certificate Examination at the conference hall of the Olorogun Felix Ibru Secretariat, Asaba.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Samuel Dietake said that as a partner with all examination bodies, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education was always ready to collaborate with stakeholders in the education sector for the improvement and sustenance of standard in the educational system in the state.
Mr Ebie said that it was regrettable and sad to observe that in spite of the state governments efforts in wiping out the incidence of examination malpractice in the state through adequate funding of education, provision of infrastructural facilities in schools and providing conducive environment for schools to thrive, some supervisors, teachers, invigilators, proprietors and principals still connive with students to cheat in examinations, which he said was worrisome.
He also stated that the state government had taken new measures to strengthen the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee, whose responsibility is to handle all reported cases of examination malpractice while stating that cases of those involved in the 2018 WASSCE for school candidates was ongoing and those found guilty will be blacklisted, demoted or dismissed.
Earlier, the Director, Examination and Standards in the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Moses Bragiwa, urged the examination monitors to work collectively and assiduously to ensure that the menace of examination malpractice was stamped out of the school system in the state.