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Police arrest 17 school principals, teachers for exam malpractices



The police on Friday paraded 17 school principals and teachers for alleged involvement in examination malpractices .
They were said to have leaked the questions to students during the August / September West African Examination Council examinations across the country .
The Force Public Relations Officer , DCP Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday , said the examination body is collaborating with the Nigeria Police Force to strengthen the integrity of its examination processes .
He said, “ It is in line with this new approach and partnership that we present to you today ( Friday ) , a total of 17 suspects arrested from different parts of the country .
“ Paradoxically, the bulk of these suspects who are aiding the perpetration of the fraud and exam malpractices all happen to be persons who were employed , trained and paid to promote the educational system . I am talking of teachers . All of them are teachers .
“ They are the ones that work as supervisors , invigilators or as the host teachers in the schools the exams are conducted .”
He cautioned members of the public , including parents, guardians , teachers and candidates to stop engaging in exam malpractices , noting that the force has developed robust technologies that can detect , trace and apprehend perpetrators of exam malpractices .
“ All these suspects would be arraigned before competent courts of law in the country . As I speak to you, some of them have already been charged to court, ” Mba said .
Mrs Omolemi Hassan , who represented the Head of National Office , WAEC Nigeria and Registrar to Council, appreciated the police for their collaborationShe stated , “ During the exams , many people were talking about leakage and so on. There was no leakage at all .
“ It was just a situation where those we trusted with our question papers , those who were nominated by Ministries of Education in different states were the ones after we gave them questions papers may be at 9 am for an exam of 9 .30 am, they stopped to take pictures and put on websites and WhatsApp groups. They are indeed the ones who have tried to scuttle our efforts .”
One of the suspects , who is the principal of a private secondary school in Rivers State said he did not do it for monetary gain .
He explained that was only trying to “ help students in my school pass the examinations because the coronavirus ( pandemic ) has kept them home all this while and they have not been able to study

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