The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has de-recognised 13 secondary schools and warns 56 others in Kogi for their involvement in examination malpractice during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Mr Ademu Amos, WAEC Desk Officer, Kogi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, disclosed this at a meeting with the principals, vice Principals and examination officers of the affected schools on Thursday in Lokoja.
Amos said that 13 secondary schools were de-recognised while 56 others were seriously warned by the council due to examination malpractice.
He noted that the state government was not happy about the development, describing it as a serious issue that could dampen the hope of a nation.
According to Amos, the Examination Malpractices Act No. 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), offenders are liable to four years imprisonment and a fine of N100, 000 per student and N250, 000 per school.
Amos explained that the major offences committed ranged from the use of mobile phones and sameness of work by copying one another in the examination.
Dr Natty Bobai, WAEC Branch Controller in the state, said it had zero tolerance for examination malpractice and would do everything to curtail the menace.
He, however, commended the commissioner for tackling issues bordering on examination headlong and commended her resolve to stand with the council for what it stood for.
Amos also urged the stakeholders to join hands with the council in stamping out the menace of examination malpractice in the nations education sector.
Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, reiterated the commitment of the state government to reduce examination malpractice to its barest minimum in the state.
Osikoya stressed the need for stiffer penalties as prescribed by law and other stringent measures to curb the menace in the state.
She noted that 47 secondary schools were de-recognised and 108 warned in 2017, while 13 schools were de-recognised and 56 warned in 2018.