WAEC Accuses Private Schools Of Aiding Fraud
By Zakariyya Adaramola, Lagos
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) yesterday said privately owned secondary schools in the country have been found to be mostly involved in malpractices in the annual May/June examination.
Disclosing this in Lagos at a familiarisation visit of the new WAEC chairman to Nigeria, the Registrar of WAEC Alhaja Mulikat Bello said most private school owners charged their students 'comfort bill' to help them perpetrate malpractices in WAEC exams.
Alhaja Bello said in order to attract more patronage, private school owners always go out of their way to do a lot of illegal things to ensure that their students pass WAEC.
According to her, most of the schools in the urban centres instruct their teachers to solve WAEC questions for the students.
The WAEC Registrar revealed that private secondary schools deceived the Ministry of Education and WAEC officials to pass the certification test by going quickly to hire teachers and lab equipment whenever any inspection approaches.
She ordered the head of national office of WAEC in Nigeria to begin the re-inspection of all private schools in the bid to recertify them.
Alhaja Bello said Nigerians should stop blaming WAEC for the poor performance of students in its examination but should rather blame the government for not doing enough to save the education sector from near total collapse.
In his address to staff of WAEC Nigeria, the new chairman of WAEC Prof. Jonas Abioseh Redwood-Sawyerr said WAEC Nigeria remained strategic to the Council as it provides about 50 per cent of the annual total budget of the West African exam body.
Prof. Redwood-Sawyerr, a Sierra-Leonean, said educational prowess of Nigerians could not be marched anywhere in West Africa.
He called on Nigerian parents to give more time to children to complement teachers' efforts.| Article source