Nine officers including a school Principal, his vice and other senior teachers of the Lagos State Ministry of Education have been retired compulsorily from the State Civil Service for their involvement in examination malpractice during the last May/June West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE).
They are Mr. S. O Amure, School Principal on GL 17, Mr. V. A Joseph- the Vice-Principal on GL 16, Mr K.E Ogunleye, the Mathematics teacher on GL 15, Mr. A. I Banjoko, the Examination supervisor on GL 12, Mrs. L. D Akinterinwa on GL 15, Mr. A. O Araba on GL
15, Mr. V. O Towoshe on GL 14, Mr. S.I Oladipupo and Assistant Examination Supervisor on GL 08.
The Officers, who are staffers of the State’s Senior Model College, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, where found guilty of aiding and abetting the students to cheat during the writing of Mathematic paper.
All the Officers were equally found culpable of offences ranging from dereliction of duty, failure to monitor the examination, directly assisting in solving questions, abandoning the hall and classrooms where they were supposed to invigilate, thereby condoning examination malpractices and failure to carryout thorough supervision of examination.
Investigation carried out by West African Examination Council (WAEC) Officials show that the officers deliberately abandoned the examination hall during the examination in an attempt to give the students they were supposed to invigilate an opportunity to cheat, the WAEC which found on the students several incriminating evidence also presented recorded tape that confirmed the culpability of the officers.
Commenting, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Aderemi Ibirogba noted that such decision would serve as deterrent to other officers in the State Civil Service, saying the government would not Condon any act of fraud in the system. He advised officers to continue to live above board to justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and the people of the State.