Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has said his government is ready to work with the West African Examination Council to tackle examination malpractice in the state.
Speaking at the turning of sod ceremony for the permanent office complex of the examination body in Osogbo, Osun state capital, Oyetola maintained that his administration was impressed by WAEC’s various interventions and developmental programmes.
The governor also gave the assurance that his administration would provide the needed support to preserve the integrity of the Senior School Certificate Examination in Osun.
Describing the examination body as a critical part of the educational profile of the state, which had played a huge role in tackling examination malpractice, protecting the integrity of its examinations, as well as steadily improving the quality of students, he said, “There is no doubt that the three facilities whose sod we are turning today are remarkable responses to the challenges in the contemporary educational space.
“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.”
In his address, WAEC’s Head of National Office, Olu Adenipekun, noted 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.
He added that the project, which was conceived in 2019, would be completed by August, 2021.
Adenipekun said 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 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.