Mixed reactions have continued to trail the recent delisting of some secondary schools in Oyo State by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Information revealed that no fewer than fifty (50) secondary schools in Oyo State have been delisted by the examination body.
The schools were delisted after the recently conducted examination.
They included both public and private secondary schools in urban and rural areas.
The 50 schools were removed from the list of schools where WAEC examinations would be held henceforth due to cases of examination malpractices.
The affected schools according to the list included; Olodo Community Grammar School, Olodo Ibadan, Community High School, Kasumu Ajia, Ilupeju Community High School, Alugbo, Osegere Olukeye Community High School, Osegere, Idi-Ito High School, Erunmu, Owo Community Grammar School, Owo, Progressive Secondary Grammar School, Community Secondary School, Oke-Olola, Oyo, Community Grammar School, Kajorepo and Community High School, Ajase/Jabata, Ogbomoso.
Also in the list are; Anglican/ Methodist Secondary School 1, Ajagba, Oyo, Isepo/Ogidi Community Grammar School, Isepo, Ireti-Ogo Baptist College, Igboho, Biokun Alaadun Community Grammar School, Ibadan, Lagbulu Memorial High School, Kisi, Urban Day Grammar School, Old Ife Road, Ibadan, Urban Day Grammar School, Ring Road, Ibadan, Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Sango, Ibadan, Ikolaba High School, Agodi GRA, Ibadan and Renascent High School, Aremo, Ibadan.
Others are; Ori-Aje Community Secondary School, Kudeti, Ibadan, Anglican Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan, Community Secondary School, Adegbayi, Ibadan, Community Secondary School, Bioku Alaadun, Ibadan, Adekile Goodwill Grammar School, Ibadan, Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan, Ola-David Comprehensive College, Badeku, Ibadan, Mount Sinai College, Adegbayi, Ibadan, Temidire Oxford College, Monatan, Ibadan and Ibadan City Model College, Iyana Church, Ibadan.
Other schools on the list are; Mollyvonne College, Isale Igbajo, Tede, God’s Blessing College, Oyo, Graceland College, Moniya, Ibadan, Honeycomb Comprehensive College, Olukeye town, Asejire, Ibadan, I-Flier College, Ogungbade Road, Ibadan, Sure Foundation Model High School, Aba Titi, Ibadan, International Muslim College, Saki, Life Line Comprehensive High School Olopometa, Olorunsogo, Ibadan, Temidire Model School Igidogba Babanla Ibadan and Glorious College, Amuloko, Ibadan.
The rest are; Igboora Secondary School, Igboora, Nawair-Ud-deen Grammar School, Igboora, Damcos College, Molete, Ibadan, Benevolent College, Molete, Ibadan, Sheikh Ibrahim Model College, Ibadan, Ayobami Comprehensive High School, Odo Oba, Ibadan, Ayobami International College, Ibadan, Bolade Model College, Owode, Shafaudeen Comprehensive College, Wakajaye, Ibadan and Patimo College, Adesola, Ibadan.
Our correspondent gathered that the recent development has attracted mixed reactions from members of the public and other stakeholders.
While some attributed the development to the government’s inability to improve the standard of education in the State, others are of the opinion that the State government should not be held responsible.
Some of those who spoke attributed the development to parents and the students’ failure to shun examination malpractices.
A parent who identified herself as Olaitan said that the government of the State should not be blamed.
“There is nothing that concerns the government on this. We have both public and private schools that were affected. If the government is to be blamed for the abnormality or examination malpractices in public schools, then can we also blame the government for what happened in private schools?
“We even have schools that are established by religious bodies. Who are the principals or heads of those schools? Are they not Muslims or Christians? It shows the level we found ourselves in the country”.
Another parent identified as Adeolu advised the State government to take drastic steps to avoid future occurrences.
He said that all stakeholders must be blamed for what happened.
He said, “We cannot totally blame the government, everyone is involved. The government must take drastic measures to avoid future occurrences.
“Parents and guardians must also take drastic measures to discourage their wards from examination malpractices. It is the responsibility of the students themselves to shun examination malpractices.
“So, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders. We must put a stop to this menace for us to move forward in Oyo State. We are known as a pacesetter State and we must continue to uphold the standard”.
We have zero tolerance for examination malpractices- Oyo government
The State government, disturbed by the development, said that it has zero tolerance for examination malpractices.
The government said that principals and parents of recently delisted schools would be sanctioned.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, issued this warning in Ibadan.
Abdu-Raheem, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, said the State government would sanction both the principals and parents found wanting.
He insisted that the present government in the State had zero tolerance for examination malpractices.
“It should be noted that, the Oyo State Government has zero tolerance for examination malpractices, therefore, Principals and Teachers of both Private and Public Schools and parents were earlier warned to desist from any act of collaboration on examination malpractices as sanctions would be meted to concerned staff and parents.
“It should be noted that the Government of Oyo State will waste no time to investigate any such occurrence, while the necessary punishments as enumerated above will be meted to anyone found guilty,” he said.
Don’t sanction principals, parents- APC tells government
However, the major opposition political party in the State, All Progressives Congress (APC) in its reaction said that what happened is an indication that schools have become haven for examination malpractices under the current governor of the State, Engineer Seyi Makinde.
APC made this disclosure through a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Wasiu Olawale Sadare.
Sadare in the statement in Ibadan described the delisting of the schools by WAEC as unacceptable and worrisome.
He alleged that education and other critical sectors in the State have been experiencing and recording misfortunes since Makinde came to power in May 2019.
He further alleged that Makinde repeatedly fed the world with lies about people from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada bringing their children and wards for enrollment in the State.
He explained that the population of pupils increases everyday but there are no new classrooms to accommodate them in the State.
“Little did the people realise that Oyo state had gotten into the wrong hands when the present PDP administration of Governor Seyi Makinde began to paint a picture of success in the education sector at an early stage when they ought to have outlined policies and programmes capable of improving the standard they met on ground. Gov. Makinde and some sponsored agents went to town to mislead the world with wrong information.
“At a point, they repeatedly fed the world with lies about people from United Kingdom, United States, Canada among other developed nations bringing their children and wards for enrollment in Oyo State because, according to them, the superman in the governor had turned all the public primary and secondary schools into ivy league colleges when; in fact, the only thing done was the sensational cancellation of N1,000 per term payment by students in secondary schools- an idea initiated by Abiola Ajimobi administration to aid the laudable activities of the School Governing Boards”.
Sadare warned the State government against taking any step to sanction principals, teachers and parents of candidates of the affected schools.
He said, “How can a government which had earlier claimed credit for a fake glory in the education sector now turn round to blame its staff for a manifestation of rot in the same system? If any government would blame only the Principals, teachers and parents for examination malpractices in our schools, it must not be the one that is popular for socio-economic and political malpractices. How can a man who has turned his own house into a store where he stocks bags of dried maize stolen from his employer’s farmland blame his wife for the presence of rodents in his living room?
“The virus of examination malpractices has been with us in this society for some decades now but the rate at which it permeates the school system in Oyo State in the last three and a half years leaves much to be desired. Meanwhile, the surge cannot be blamed on any other one than the present PDP administration since it craves encomiums from all and sundry without readiness to provide the required funds for the smooth and effective running of the system”.