No fewer than 18 principals of secondary schools in Enugu State may face disciplinary action for their alleged involvement in examination malpractice in the just concluded WAEC and NECO examinations.
Dr Gabriel Okafor, Chairman of Enugu State Post-Primary School Management Board an investigation would precede the action to be taken against them.
Okafor said in Enugu that the board was still receiving reports concerning the allegation but added that some would be demoted, some removed from their positions and others punished.
Okafor said the malpractice occurred more in the rural areas because of inadequate monitoring arising from poor access to the communities.
“You know these exams come during the rainy season and getting to the hinterland during the rainy season is always very difficult, especially when the board has no four-wheel-drive vehicles that can penetrate those areas.
“But at the same time, we are getting a way; we have some techniques of detecting wherethis thing happens and when we act on hint, we get them arrested and punished.
We will relieve them of their posts and then make them to face disciplinary action. Some of them will end up not becoming principals; some of them, a salary step would be taken away from them,“ he said. (NAN)
Okafor said the greatest challenge facing the board was examination malpractice but added that it could be controlled through adequate supervision.
The chairman explained that the principals were banned from registering external candidates in their schools as investigation had shown that students found involved in examination malpractice were external candidates. (NAN)
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