BASIS FOR DISQUALIFICATION OF ILLEGALLY REGISTERED CANDIDATES FROMWRITING WASSCE IN EKITI STATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE MAY/JUNE WAECEXAMINATIONEkiti state is determined to uplift Education in all sectors. This is what prompted the Governorinto inaugurating a Task Force / Visitation Panel to all sectors of Education in February 2011.Immediately after this was, the Education Summit which took place from May 4 – 5, 2011. Oneof the key issues tackled at the Summit was the issue of examination malpractice. Series ofreasons were adduced for this and several suggestions were made on how to tackle thismenace.On Mr. Governor’s prompting, we held a meeting on May 26, 2011 with stake holders inEducation, in particular Principals of Public Schools, Area Education officers, Directors in theMinistry, Proprietors of Private Schools, ANCOPPS, NUT, AOPSHON and others on the issueof examination Malpractice. At that meeting we identified the causes, how to tackle them andsanctions to be meted out to erring students and officials. We informed the house of thecurrent administration’s ZERO TOLERANCE FOR EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE andeveryone promised to abide by this. It is an approved document that we have circulated.One of the sanctions approved is that anyone caught in any shape or form after investigationwill be charged to court and prosecuted to the full extent of the Law. We also agreed that anyschool involved with examination malpractice will be shut down for a minimum of 3 years.One of the decisions at that meeting was the fact that Government would hold an SSS II unifiedexamination to determine the average number of students that would be sitting for SSS IIIexaminations the following year in both public and private Schools and also allow forbenchmarking across the state. The idea is also to make sure that only candidates who qualifyto write WAEC would be promoted to do so. The criterion is a minimum of 6 credits with atleast a Pass grade in Mathematic and English. The reality is that some students who did not
meet the minimum requirement refused to repeat in their school and sought registration inother schools.The irony is that some who even qualified to advance to SSS III still went to other schools(miracle centres) where they feel they might have a better chance at cheating after Ekiti Statehad paid for their registration in those Schools. We are still trying to process a refund fromWAEC to the tune of over N3m.The situation is made worse because in spite of the fact that I approved for students to retaketheir examinations in their former schools, people still had the audacity to illegally register onour public schools WAEC websites. For example, in two schools where we are not presentingany candidate for WAEC, people still had the effrontery to upload names and register peoplefor WAEC. A school at ISINBODE where we had no candidates of our own, they uploaded 119candidates for us to administer. There is no way that I could ask my Principal to providereagents for 119 candidates to do practical examinations when they don’t know them. Thereason is that the MAY / JUNE examination for WAEC and NECO are internal examinations forstudents attending classes only. The prerequisite is that continuous assessment is part of whatis required to take this examination. I wonder how illegal students did theirs.This ugly situation reared its head last year and I warned the Schools involved who presentedoverage students for internal NECO examination. I recall that I went on TV to warn people fromthis. I saw candidates as old as 52 years writing this examination. I have pictorial evidence ofthe people involved. I warned our people that anyone caught this year will be handed over tothe Police; they probably thought that I was joking or I would not be able to see through theprocess either due to sentiment or cheap blackmail. The reality is not that anyone cannot writeany of these examinations but that only internal candidates can. Anyone outside the regularstudents that attend a particular school should register as external candidates for the Nov/ DecGCE or NECO examination. These certificates are equally tenable anywhere.What really took place is that students who could not be registered through the right processwent through the back door by the collusion of Examination Registrars or Principals of Schools,some of our officials in the Ministry of Education and forged registration documents as well as
obtain pins from WAEC using these documents coupled with the help of some notoriouscoaching centre owners and cyber-cafes uploaded illegal students additional to our regularstudents and those approved to retake WAEC in those schools. The sad part is that they did notdo it in sensible numbers that anyone could overlook. In some schools they uploaded as manyas 150 illegal students. The worst part is that students were uploaded from as far as Lagos toOndo and Ekiti. One of the perpetrators who came from Ondo had the audacity to tell me thatthey could not do it in Ondo state public schools but was surprised they could do it on ourpublic school websites last year and that since they were successful last year that is why theycame back this year.There is no way we can allow this illegality to continue. We intend to carry this investigation toits logical conclusion so that next year it will not repeat itself. This will help us achieve thefollowing:1. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and its Agency for Adult and Non-formalEducation officials will not dare collude with anyone again after I warned them last yearsaying, “anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law”. The ones wefind culpable this year will face the music.2. When we tell our children to repeat a class in order to optimize their performance inEkiti state, they will do so quickly and quietly with dignity and self respect. Notablecitizens will stop begging for us to allow them to be promoted without adequaterequirements.3. People will not have the audacity to bring external candidates to upload to our websitesin both public and private schools. The focus is on public schools this year, next year byGod’s grace, we are going to monitor both of them closely.4. Our children will have a chance to excel without having their examinations withheld orspoilt because of the presence of illegal and unscrupulous candidates.
5. Coaching centres will be content to prepare students for external examinations’ and notpollute our internal candidates6. Government on its part will no longer approve repeaters in our schools as we are goingto make good the proposal to establish an Ekiti state remedial college in each localGovernment area. We are currently working out the modalities.7. Registration of candidates for WAEC and NECO may no longer be given out to privatecyber cafes since we cannot guarantee their cooperation or integrity.8. More importantly we hope that our children and those responsible for them will beginto understand the value and need to study hard and do everything the right waywithout expecting any preferential treatment.9. Well meaning Ekiti citizens will also understand what we are trying to achieve – RAISETHE STANDARD OF EDUCATION IN ALL SECTORS and bring back the lost glory ofEducation in Ekiti state.10. Begin to achieve our dream that Education will not only be for learning but forenlightenment and enterprise that will be both functional and sustainable.Thank you.Dr. Eniola AjayiHonourable Commissioner for Education, Science and TechnologyEkiti State