The Minister of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to evolve more strategies and initiatives that would drastically cut down incidences of examination malpractices in the country.
Malam Bello who gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open the 57th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, said examination malpractice was a threat to the foundation of the nation’s education sector.
While commending the Council for efforts made so far to stem the menace of exam malpractice and also ensure quick release of candidates’ results, the Minister gave the assurance that the FCT Administration will support well thought out initiatives by WAEC aimed at improving services and maintaining standards.
“I am pleased with the deployment of the Simple Assessment and Marking System (SEAMS) by WAEC in the marking of candidates’ scripts for WASSCE; this I believe will enhance the prompt release of candidates’ results.
“Let me assure you that the FCT Administration will support meaningful initiatives embarked upon by the Council which are aimed at improving its services and maintaining the integrity of the certificates it awards to candidates.”
The Minister described education as a veritable tool for the socio-economic development of any nation and the true legacy to bequeath the Nigerian child.
This, he said, was why the FCT was striving hard to provide qualitative and affordable education to children in the FCT.
The FCTA’s objective in the education sector, he said, is being achieved through improved funding, employment of qualified teachers, working closely with development partners and donor agencies for the establishment of new schools and improvement in the provision of infrastructure and facilities.
He added that FCT school teachers are being encouraged to put in their best through training and retraining, prompt payment of emoluments and implementation of promotions as due.
Malam Bello expressed delight that efforts made have begun to yield results as FCT public schools are adjudged as among some of the best in the country.
He commended the three schools with the best aggregate results in the 2018 WASSCE in the FCT and winners of the WAEC Endowment Fund Book prize worth $5000, congratulating them for doing the FCT proud, while encouraging other schools in the FCT to emulate the three-best.
The schools are; Loyola Jesuit College, Louisville Girls’ Secondary School and Stella Maris College, coming first, second and third respectively.
In her welcome address earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, Hajiya Binta Abdulkadir, had commended the FCT Minister for being a staunch supporter of the activities of the Council.
She also called on relevant stakeholders to join hands with the body for improved examination assessment in the country.