A total of 28 principals of public senior secondary schools in Edo state have been suspended over alleged involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

This was disclosed in a memo issued by the Commissioner for Education Emmanuel Agbale to the state’s permanent secretary, Ministry of Education.

Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale, said the decision to suspend the affected principals followed the receipt of a “report of investigations on the issue carried out, and the decision reached by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cancelling the results of affected candidates.

He also noted that 28 private secondary schools also faced the threat of being deregistered and de-recognised for involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 WASSCE.

The commissioner directed that a strong warning and reprimand in writing be issued to proprietors of affected private secondary schools for complicity in examination malpractice in their respective schools in the WASSCE for school candidates.

It was also gathered that Agbale ordered that a query be sent to 28 private secondary schools to explain within 72 hours, why they should not be deregistered/de-recognised for involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 WASSCE.

Agbale disclosed that seven other principals of public senior secondary schools in the state were warned and reprimanded for complicity in examination malpractice in their schools in the 2018 WASSCE for school candidates.

He said a total of 16 private and secondary schools received warning letters for complicity in examination malpractice.

On the suspended principals, Agbale said they will “remain suspended, pending their arraignment before the Teachers Disciplinary Committee to determine their culpability.

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