As part of efforts to eradicate examination malpractices in Oyo State, the state House of Assembly on Tuesday adopted a motion that seeks to place severe punishments on any school where there is evidence of malpractices in public examinations, any teacher aiding and abetting the menace and candidates found guilty of malpractices.
The motion was moved yesterday by the deputy chief whip of the House, Hon. John Olaleru, representing Kajola state constituency, and was seconded by the deputy minority leader, Hon. Oyatokun Oyeleke, representing Afijio state constituency.
While moving the motion, Olaleru noted that urgent steps must be taken “to curb and reduce incidents of examination malpractices popularly called ‘runs’ in our society in order to redeem the image of our education system globally.”
Hon. Olaleru urged the executive arm of government, through the Ministry of Education, to place severe sanctions on any school found guilty, probably preventing such schools from presenting students for public examinations for a period of time.
The motion also seeks, through the Ministry of Education, Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, and State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to keep database of teachers found to be aiding and abetting examination malpractices and demote or terminate the appointment of such teachers, depending on the severity of involvement.
According to the motion, the Ministry of Education should create an electronic database of all pupils and students in all public and approved private schools, adding that the government should, through the educational agencies, ban any student caught in examination malpractices from writing any public examination in the state for a period of two years.
The lawmakers also advocated engagement of guidance and counselling services for schools in the state.
The house made a case for the government to have special focus on the activities of special centres on the allegations that such centres aid malpractices, adding that the government should return quiz, competitions and literary and debating society to schools to build students’ capacities and ensure periodic training and re-training of teachers.

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