WAEC Blacklists Several Schools in Abia for Exam Malpractice

Several private secondary schools in Abia State face blacklisting by WAEC due to their involvement in exam malpractice, prompting the state government to support the move and embark on a massive school renovation project while providing financial aid to law undergraduates.

WAEC Blacklists Several Schools in Abia for Exam Malpractice

In a recent development, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has taken decisive action against a number of secondary schools in Abia State due to their involvement in examination malpractice. This decision was revealed by the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eme Uche, during a press briefing held in Umuahia.

Although specific details regarding the affected schools were not disclosed, it was emphasized that the majority of them were private institutions. Professor Uche expressed deep concern over actions tarnishing the state's educational integrity and emphasized that the licenses of the implicated schools would be revoked as a deterrent measure.

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This move by WAEC has garnered support from the state government, with Governor Otti's administration emphasizing the need to uphold academic standards and deter unscrupulous practices in schools. The government has also announced plans for the immediate renovation of 170 primary and 51 public secondary schools across the state, aimed at enhancing the learning environment for students.

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Furthermore, in a bid to alleviate financial burdens on students, Governor Otti has approved the disbursement of N62 million in bursaries to Abia law undergraduates studying in various tertiary institutions nationwide. This initiative seeks to provide assistance amidst rising educational costs, reflecting the government's commitment to promoting accessible and quality education.

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The renovation project for schools will include essential facilities such as staff quarters, head teacher's houses, and caretaker's residences to ensure the security and functionality of school premises. This comprehensive approach underscores the significance the state government places on education as a cornerstone of societal development.

The government assured that the renovation efforts will be conducted in phases until all public schools in Abia State have received the necessary facelift, further emphasizing its dedication to revitalizing the educational sector for the benefit of students and the community at large.