Muoboghare To Monitors, Marshals
BY UJU AZUKAEGO
EXAMINATION monitors and marshals for the 2012 Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in Delta State have been charged to develop new strategies to bring the unwholesome act of exam inaction irregularities to an end.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof Patrick Muoboghare gave this charge at examination briefing session for Examination Monitors and Marshals for the 2012 held at the Teachers House, Asaba, yesterday.
Muoboghare said that the annual event by his Ministry was aimed at discussing the experiences gathered in the previous years as well as sharing new ideas and providing guidelines for successful examination monitoring.
He added that the monitoring exercise was an attempt to ensure that the State remains one of the most examination ethics friendly States in the Federation.
“As you are aware, the conduct of examination that is free from all forms of irregularities in our school system has been the dream of the State Government bearing in mind the fact that any examination prone to malpractice is bound to produce false report of the candidates and the school.” Prof Muoboghare said.
The Commissioner stated that taking over the payment of examination fees and other levies associated with examination in the State by the State Government has resulted to reduction of the incidence of drift of our candidates to neighboring States where they register in “miracle centres” for the purpose of writing external examination.
According to him, as a result of the laudable act of the Government, the students’ enrolment figure for WAEC and SSCE in the state has increased from 38,440 in 2010, 51,687 in 2011 and now 56,280 in 2012.
Muoboghare who expressed disappointment that the State has fallen in her ranking at the National level, however said it is in this bid to strengthen the monitoring exercise that the concept of Marshals was now being introduced. “There is need for us to work together to justify the huge investment of the State Government in the education industry.” The Commissioner noted.
The Commissioner who expressed unhappiness for the report from monitors last year which he said did not reveal all the incidences of malpractices in schools added that reports from WAEC and NECO showed that there were some cases of malpractice.
He however warned that any monitor/ marshal who fails to report incidences of any form of malpractice would be treated as an accomplice and would be sanctioned accordingly.
Also speaking at the event, the Director, Examinations and Standards, Sir A.O.U Ekeke, enjoined exam monitors to be vigilant, resourceful and not to be intimidated by threats from examination fraudsters, adding that the ministry of Basic and Secondary has set out rules and regulations to guide them in the course of their duties.
The briefing section attracted the Chief Inspectors of Education in the State, The Branch Controller WAEC, Zonal Co-coordinator NECO, the State Co-coordinator NABTEB, JAMB, among others.