No fewer than 13 Senior Secondary Schools in Gombe State have been decertified in four years, by the West Africa Examination Council.
Our correspondent reports that the schools were de-certified due to examination malpractices.
According to the Director of Examination, Ministry of Education, Gombe State, Ali Yaya, they were decertified due to malpractice-related issues.
The Director made the disclosure during a meeting with principals of the state secondary schools and the management of the ministry.
He revealed that the decertification would spell doom if adequate care was not taken to forestall the consequences.
Yaya said, “From 2018 to 2020, seven of our public senior secondary schools were found to be involved in Examination Malpractice which led to their derecognition by the WAEC.
“Similarly in 2022, the Ministry received a fresh set of six schools that committed the same offence and they were also de-recognised with a penalty of N500,000 fee per school payable to WAEC.”
While lamenting the impact of the de-certification on the overall student performance in the 2022 Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations final result, Yaya noted that examination malpractice was currently the major challenge facing senior secondary schools in the state and which must be addressed.
“The percentage of 2022 result was 55.6 percent as against 79.5 percent for 2021 and this is in connection with the examination malpractice recorded in six of our schools,” he added.
He warned all principals across schools to stay away from examination malpractice of any form, adding, “Any principal found wanting again in any form of Exams Malpractice will be seriously punished and the penalty should be paid by the school.”
When contacted on how the state government through the ministry of education planned to revert the hammer by the examination body, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aishatu Maigari, said the government would never support malpractices.
“Zero tolerance to exam malpractice is our stand,” Maigari added.