The Governor of Osun State, Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola has announced his administration’s commitment to work with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to combat examination malpractice in the state.
Oyetola assured that his administration would provide the needed support to preserve the integrity of the Senior School Certificate Examination in Osun.
He described the examination body as a critical part of the educational profile of the state. And stressed that it had played a huge role in tackling examination malpractice. Protecting the integrity of its examinations, as well as steadily improving the quality of students.
“The facilities will enhance the efficiency of the staff of the examination body in the State, ease examination administration and tackle examination misconduct significantly.
“The State of Osun is enthused by these interventions and developments and will support all efforts by WAEC to preserve the integrity of our school certificate examinations.
“As an Administration, we regard education as the driver of our Development Agenda. And our children as the strength of our sustainable development efforts. We are, therefore, putting every thinking and effort into providing adequate, sustainable, qualitative and functional education for our children,” he said.
While speaking, WAEC’s Head of National Office, Olu Adenipekun, informed that apart from offices for members of the staff of the council, which would be located in the complex. There would be an examination hall and the computer-based test centre, capable of accommodating 1,000 people at once.
Adenipekun further said that the project, which was conceived in 2019, would be completed by August, 2021.
He noted that the body had been striving to bring its operation closer to the people by ensuring the establishment of offices in all the states of the federation.
He however maintained that by so doing, WAEC would eliminate loss of man-hour and the hazards associated with travelling by pupils, principals and other stakeholders to other states to transact business with WAEC.