Abia Schools Delisted from WAEC Exams for Malpractice

Abia Schools Delisted from WAEC Exams for Malpractice

Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria – March 19, 2024: The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has delisted a number of secondary schools in Abia State from participating in future exams due to their involvement in examination malpractice. The announcement was made by Abia State Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eme Uche, during a press briefing in Umuahia.

Professor Uche did not disclose the names of the affected schools, but confirmed that they were primarily private institutions. She expressed disapproval of any actions that could damage the state’s reputation and stated that the affected schools’ operational licenses would be withdrawn as a deterrent.

The Commissioner commended WAEC’s actions, emphasizing their importance in upholding academic integrity and preventing the erosion of educational standards. She revealed that the state government had previously closed down some of the affected schools for similar offenses and expressed disappointment that they continued these practices.

In a separate announcement, Abia State Commissioner for Information, Prince Okey Kanu, revealed several initiatives aimed at improving the state’s education system. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the immediate renovation of 170 primary schools and 51 public secondary schools across all 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs). This project aims to enhance the learning environment and make public schools more attractive to students.

Additionally, Governor Ikpeazu authorized the disbursement of N62 million in bursaries to Abia law students enrolled in various universities nationwide. This financial support comes in response to rising tuition fees and economic hardship.

Professor Uche elaborated on the school renovations, highlighting plans to include staff quarters, a dedicated house for the head teacher, and a caretaker’s residence to improve school security. These actions demonstrate the Otti-led administration’s commitment to education, recognizing its critical role in societal development.

The state government is dedicated to revitalizing and promoting education in Abia. The school renovations will be implemented in phases, with the goal of eventually refurbishing all public schools in the state.

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