No less than forty-one (41) secondary school teachers have been sanctioned by the Delta State government over their involvement in examination malpractice in the state.
According to the report confirmed to newsmen in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, the teachers committed the condemnable act during the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Giving explanation on the penalty, Ukah noted that the decisions were based on the recommendations by the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee of the state.
The commissioner explained further that principals and examination officers of 13 public secondary schools and one private secondary school indicted for examination malpractice would be issued with letters of warning by PPEB to desist from acts of negligence
He said, “They are to suffer deferment of promotion by one year and banned from the supervision of any school examination for a period of three years.
“I have directed the Post Primary Education Board to implement the deferment of promotions by one year for the 41 affected teachers.
“While others are being sanctioned, P.O. Okolo, is to be given a letter of commendation for a job well done during the examination.
“The principals and examination officers of 13 public secondary schools and one private secondary school indicted for examination malpractice are to be issued with letters of warning by PPEB to desist from acts of negligence.”
Also, the commissioner confirmed the approvement of Anointed Secondary School, Ubogo, Udu Local Government Area, which was said to have been shut since last year over examination malpractice, be issued a warning letter and allowed to reopen to give the school a second chance to abide by laid down examination ethics.
According to NAN, in its reports on Monday, September 21, the Examination Ethics Disciplinary Committee was headed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sam Dietake.
Other representatives at the meeting are the PPEB, Ministry of Justice, Nigeria Union of Teachers, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, and other officials of the ministry, Naija News understands.
Meanwhile, the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, has released the timetable for the 2020 May/June Examinations across Nigeria.