The Bauchi State Government on Wednesday vowed to punish top officers and some school administrators involved in the over 15,000 cases of examination malpractices recorded during the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the state.
Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Tilde made this known in Bauchi while briefing the press.
The Commissioner informed that 52,000 pupils sat for this year’s BECE out of which 45,000 came from public schools, while a total of 15,000 cases of examination malpractices were recorded.
While saying that government would not punish the pupils involved, the commissioner declared that officials would be sanctioned and would be barred from participating in subsequent examinations
“I have video evidence of the examination malpractice in my possession.
“We are not going to punish the students but certainly we will punish the top officers. And will not allow them to conduct subsequent exams. That is the least we can do and will do that,” Dr Tilde declared.
He informed that the ongoing placement test for willing students for admission into JSS1, JSS2, SS1 and SS2 in boarding schools became necessary because only about one-third of students admitted through BECE reported to schools.
This, the commissioner said, informed the decision to adopt the method used in the state during the administration of ex-governor Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu.
“They prefer day and private schools. Having learnt the hard way for two years, we have no option but to go the way we used 21 years ago to admit students into the special schools during the Mu’azu era. That method of admission has been yielding the desired results for two decades now,” Tilde said.
He informed that the placement examination, which was meant only for indigenes of the state, had commenced on Monday, 8th November in 23 centres and would end on Sunday, 14th November, 2021.
“No child will be admitted into boarding secondary school unless he is willing and found to be worth the extra investment of the government in building the future of the state.
No admission into SS1 merit schools through BECE.
“All BECE admissions this year will be into day schools which those that are admitted into merit schools can turn down.
“We are also admitting students into SS2 to fill in the vacancies that we have.
“In order to get quality students that graduate in SS3, the State Executive Council in 2020 permitted the Ministry to reintroduce Junior Secondary School classes in the merit schools as well.
“This will allow for the proper grooming of the child as we have been doing in the special schools,” he said.
The commissioner alleged that there was financial malfeasance in his ministry shortly after the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, dissolved the state cabinet some months back.
He added that the Treasury Single Account of the ministry was tampered with two days after the dissolution of the cabinet and hinted of a possible change in leadership in the ministry.
“That tells me what will happen when I leave the office. We must change the leadership of the ministry if we must make a change.
“Within two days when I left the office when the cabinet was dissolved, I heard some people went and withdrew money in a sack and were sharing cash.
“Don’t be surprised when you hear of some changes in the ministry. We must change things,” the commissioner said.
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