Edo Governor orders arrest of teachers due to exam malpractices


The Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the arrest of some primary school teachers over their alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

It was learnt that the teachers were arrested while attempting to manipulate the conduct of the School Leaving Certificate Examination held in selected centres in the state on Saturday.
 Obaseki, who paid an unscheduled visit to some of the examination centres along with the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor, and his Chief of Staff, Mr. Taiwo Akere, was said to have been miffed by the actions of the erring teachers.
Those arrested were alleged to have attempted to gain access into the centres when they were sighted by the governor.
 Some of the Benin centres visited by the governor and his entourage are Ebenezer Primary School; Ivbyenova Primary School; St. Saviour; George Idah Primary School; and Ologbosere Primary School, in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.
 Obaseki said, “We are bothered about the corruption and malpractices in examination process. As you can see, a lot of parents had to be kept out particularly those from the private schools, who might have paid for their children to do well.
“They wanted access into the schools to be able to influence the process of the exams and they were stopped. I am happy that our officials have done well in ensuring that the standards we require and want to set are met.
 “For the private school teachers, who were caught trying to influence the examination, they would face the law as we are going to investigate them. And l am sure that the Ministry of Education has its own rules on how to deal with such matters.”
 He said that his administration desired to improve basic education as a vital step to repositioning the state’s education system.
The governor said, “It is going to be rigorous and tough. We believe that if we get the basic education right, everything else will follow. The challenge we have today in our country is that for some unfortunate incidents in the past, we just could not hold anybody responsible for basic education because of the way it is structured.

 “Under the UBE, it is distributed between local government, state and federal government and that caused a bit of dislocation. As a state, we have decided to take the bull by the horns to ensure that we take charge and have a proper basic school administration system so that we can track the progress of every child from Primary One through to JSS 3.”
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