School Sacks Principal Over Alleged Involvement In Exam Malpractice

NECOAGAINST the backdrop of the recent closure of Nodos International School, Ojo, by the Lagos State government over alleged involvement in examination malpractices during a national Examinations Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, the Principal of the school (name withheld) has been relieved of his job.

A statement signed by the Proprietor of the school, Mrs. Edith N. Okafor said the Principal was disengaged after he was “found wanting in terms of effective management of the school and failure to adhere to acceptable rules of integrity and high academic standards.”

Okafor also stated that all the teaching staff that were also found complicit in the examinations malpractices that led to the closure of the school have also been asked to resign their appointments.

Okafor added: “As a woman and a mother that also wants the best for her own children and who sees all pupils and students of the school as her own children, I will first of all have to appreciate the significant efforts as made by Punch newspaper in exposing what we have also found out to be the unethical practices of some of the teachers and other staff we employed and entrusted with the responsibility of managing the school.

I personally managed the school for over 15 years. Throughout the period I was directly in charge of the management of the school, there was no incident of examination malpractice, especially such as was clearly made to look like it was condoned and facilitated by the management of the school.

We have opened our doors for continuous supervision by the Lagos State government through the Ministry of Education to ensure and establish compliance with acceptable standards of academic excellence, if and when the school is reopened.

We will also offer to bear any extra costs of external examiners and other supervisors that may be appointed by the State Ministry of Education for all internal and external examinations at Nodos International School, for the purposes of ensuring compliance and adherence to acceptable academic standards.
“While we are taking steps to replace the teachers that have been asked to resign in the wake of the incidents, I have also taken temporary charge of managing the school personally to ensure that if and when the school is reopened, we will work quickly and determinedly to return Nodos International School, Ojo, to its former glory of high academic standards and excellence.”

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  • Barr. Moses

    This is a wonderful decision taken by the school authority at sanitising our educational system, Lagos State should open the school and do the needful. I must also commend the Punch newspaper for doing a professional investigative journalism which has unveiled this unholy act. Nigeria go better.
    Barr. Moses

  • Olaniyi Ayeni

    The revelation from this school is just a tip of the iceberg of what is happening in our schools, public and private. But the private schools are more notorious in the process earning themselves the miracle center tag.The school principal and all the staff involved should be prosecuted and the result for that particular examination for which the revelation made should be withdrawn. Anything short of that is counterproductive; the sacked principal and the rest of the staff would just go elsewhere to continue their dastardly act.

  • olufemi koya

    The Guardian newspaper doesn’t carry out investigations like this anymore. This story was done by the Punch newspaper, it would do their reputation good if they acknowledged that. Meanwhile where are the likes of Declan Okpaleke, Kayode Thomas of the 90s fame? I hope my favourite newspaper one time, is not loosing its mojo or has the owner gone with it?

    • Joseph

      Are you saying only one newspaper has access to a story, Common man a statement was signed by the school and obviously sent out. Read again.