By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
The National Senior Secondary School Education Commission (NSSSEC) has vowed to deal decisively with schools, parents and guardians found to be aiding and abetting examination malpractices, especially at post-basic education level.
The Commission added that both the culprits and accomplices would be arrested and prosecuted within the ambit of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, the Pioneer Chairman of NSSSEC, Ambassador Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi, expressed worry over the rising cases of malpractices, particularly during the conduct of external examinations at secondary school level with active connivance of some parents.
The ex-diplomat noted that the ugly trend has lingered too long despite the efforts of the federal government through the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to nip the menace in the bud.
She warned that the commission would not fold its arms and allow unscrupulous elements have their way in their desperate bid to destroy the future of children and educational system in the country.
Ambassador Akanbi said it was saddening that some parents and their cohorts were unperturbed about the bleak future in the event that the unwholesome activities persist unabated.
She said that NSSSEC was established to standardise educational system at post basic level as a gateway to tertiary education, urging stakeholders to help in stemming the tide of examination fraud for the sake of the nation’s future.
“Our commission has been inundated with the rising cases of irregularities and high level of malpractices during external examinations at secondary school level. This is a sad tale amid the efforts of the federal government through the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to nip it in the bud.
“It is even more saddening that some parents are aiding and abetting examination malpractices in the country. But they should be informed that henceforth it would no longer be business as usual for them. The rot that has eaten deep into the system of our education at post basic level has to be curbed if the future of our children and educational system is not to be destroyed.
“As a Commission under our leadership, we won’t fold our arms and allow unscrupulous elements have their ways in their desperate bid to destroy the future of our children and educational system in the country. They should have it at the back of their minds that culprits and accomplices would not only be arrested but also face prosecution and get the prescribed punishment for their actions”, Ambassador Akanbi said.