Lagos State Government has retired a school principal, the vice-principal and seven other senior teachers from the state’s civil service.
The teachers were accused of involving in examination malpractice during the last May/June West African School Certificate Examination.
The officers, who were staff members of Lagos Senior Model College, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, were found guilty of aiding and abetting their students to cheat during the writing of Mathematics paper.
A statement on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, explained that the government acted on the findings by WAEC officials who had investigated the allegation that the teachers deliberately abandoned the examination hall on the fateful day to give “the students they were supposed to invigilate an opportunity to cheat.”
Part of the evidence used to nail the officers included a recorded tape that confirmed their culpability.
The statement read in part, “The affected officers are Mr. S. O Amure, School Principal on GL 17; Mr. V. A Joseph, the Vice-Principal on GL 16; Mr K.E Ogunleye, the Mathematics teacher on GL 15; Mr. A. I Banjoko, the Examination supervisor on GL 12; Mrs. L. D Akinterinwa on GL 15; Mr. A. O Araba on GL 15; Mr. V. O Towoshe on GL 14; Mr. S.I Oladipupo and Assistant Examination Supervisor on GL 08.”
All the officials were equally found culpable of offences ranging from dereliction of duty, failure to monitor the examination, directly assisting in solving questions, “abandoning the hall and classrooms where they were supposed to invigilate, thereby condoning examination malpractices and failure to carryout thorough supervision of examination.”
Ibirogba said, “This decision will serve as deterrent to other officers in the state civil service, as the government will not condone any act of fraud in the system.”