Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Exam malpractices, bane of education sector- FCT Minister

Examination malpractice has been identified as a worrisome threat to the foundation of education sector in Nigeria.

The Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, therefore charged the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, to evolve more strategies and initiatives that would drastically cut down incidences of examination malpractices in the country.

Malam Bello gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open the 57th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee of WAEC

While commending the Council for efforts made so far to stem the menace of exam malpractice and also ensure quick release of candidates’ results, the Minister gave the assurance that the FCT Administration will support well thought out initiatives by WAEC aimed at improving services and maintaining standards.

“I am pleased with the deployment of the Simple Assessment and Marking System, SEAMS, by WAEC in the marking of candidates’ scripts for WASSCE; this I believe will enhance the prompt release of candidates’ results.

“Let me assure you that the FCT Administration will support meaningful initiatives embarked upon by the Council which are aimed at improving its services and maintaining the integrity of the certificates it awards to candidates”.

The Minister described education as a veritable tool for the socio-economic development of any nation and the true legacy to bequeath the Nigerian child. This, he said, was why the FCT was striving hard to provide qualitative and affordable education to children in the FCT.

The FCTA’s objective in the education sector, he said, is being achieved through improved funding, employment of qualified teachers, working closely with development partners and donor agencies for the establishment of new schools and improvement in the provision of infrastructure and facilities.

Bello expressed delight that efforts made have begun to yield results as FCT public schools are adjudged as among some of the best in the country.

In her welcome address earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, Hajiya Binta Abdulkadir, commended the FCT Minister for being a staunch supporter of the activities of the Council. She called on relevant stakeholders to join hands with the body for improved examination assessment in the country.

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