Osun urges WAEC to intensify war on ‘miracle centres’
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has called on the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to intensify its war against ‘miracle centres’ in order to eradicate exam malpractice in the country.
Oyetola described the centres, popularly known as ‘special centres’ as the bane of education.
Oyetola said the public must realise that miracle centres are only synonymous with churches and not in the education sector.
He commended the council for showing concern on the issue as well as taking further steps in sanctioning offenders.
“Nobody should be spared. We want zero tolerance to any form of examination malpractice in the country. As a government, we want to assure the WAEC of our support in the best possible way we can.” Oyetola stated.
He said WAEC had recorded remarkable achievements in its bid to ensure zero tolerance to examination malpractice and stressed the need to sustain the tempo for the benefit and development of the nation.
He also promised to collaborate with the council in the area of training and retraining of Osun teachers, as regular training of teachers remained critical in advancing the education sector.
“I realise that some teachers could have taught for 20 years without any form of training and we do not want such for this state.
“It is therefore on this premise that I urge you to work with our Ministry of Education to see how we can collaborate to train our teachers.
“It is time we also encourage our children to embrace hard work as it is only through hard work that success is achieved. There is no cutting corners, no miracle centre,” he stressed.
On his part, the council’s outgoing Head, WAEC National Office in Nigeria, Mr Olu Adenipekun, lauded the governor for the reception accorded his delegation and the support the council was receiving from the state.
He assured the governor of collaboration with the state in the fight against examination malpractice.