Any official of the Rivers State Government involved in any form of sharp practices in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be punished, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku, has warned.
Ebeku gave the warning when members of the state Ministry of Education Monitoring Team apprehended a supervisor for alleged examination malpractice.
The commissioner who frowned at the conduct of the supervisor promised to take disciplinary action on the erring official, who is a teacher in Community Secondary School, Nkpolu Oruwurukwo, in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area.
He said that it was the responsibility of the ministry to ensure that examination exercise in the state was void of irregularities
Ebeku said: “We do not want our state to have a situation where the West African Examination Council (WAEC) will announce that examination malpractice is going on here. We do not want to hear it and that is the reason we are monitoring schools accredited for the exam.
“Across the state, officials from the Ministry of Education are going round to monitor the ongoing examination. We will not relent to punish any of our members of staff or teacher caught in malpractice. We will continue to partner with the examination body in ensuring that they get it right here, and if a situation like this happens again, we will draw your attention to it,” Ebeku assured.
The South-South Zonal Coordinator of WAEC, Gershon Dandak, who was also at the scene of the incident, said that appropriate disciplinary measures would be taken on the erring school and supervisor.
Dandak said: “You have seen what we are seeing. We will further investigate this and what is right will definitely be done. I can assure you that we will not let this slip off.”