Seventeen school principals, teachers and supervisors across some Nigerian states have been arrested for involvement in various examination malpractices in the just concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Frank Mba, Spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force, while parading the suspects on Friday in Abuja said they were arrested in Bauchi, Kano, Rivers, and Nasarawa states.
Mba noted that the Nigeria Police is working in partnership with WAEC to promote the integrity of examination processes in the country and henceforth checkmate examination malpractices in WAEC.
He said the bulk of the suspects are persons employed, trained, and are being paid by WAEC, noting that, “Some of them are teachers, principals in secondary schools. Some of them were host teachers, some are supervisors in the school where the exams took place.”
“Investigations by Police operatives revealed that the suspects used their privileged positions as invigilators, supervisors and school functionaries during the 2020 WASSCE to conspire, perpetuate and encourage varying degrees of examination malpractices, including the online transmission of examination questions and answers on various social media platforms,” the police spokesperson revealed further.
Mba advised parents to ensure their wards prepare for their examinations and shun malpractices and fraudulent practices. He also enjoins parents, guardians, students, and all other stakeholders in the examination processes to cooperate with the police and the exam body towards bringing an end to examination malpractice in the country.
He added that all the suspects will be arraigned in court.
Mrs. Omolemi Hassan who represented the Head of National Council of WAEC, appreciated the Nigerian Police Force for the support which led to arrest of the suspects.
She noted that contrary to insinuations in the social media that there was leakage of WAEC examination question papers during the exams, there was nothing like that.
She said, “There was no leakage at all. It was those we trusted as invigilators, supervisors that tried to scuttle our efforts by taking pictures of the question papers and posting them to certain people. But before the suspect could escape, the Police arrested them.
One of the arrested suspects and Principal of a Private Secondary School, Essence Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Mr. Hanson Belot said he regretted that action even though many of the students were crying that because of Covid 19 lockdown, they were not thought many of the subjects as school.
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