The Minister of state for education, Barrister Nyesom Wike has condemned some schools being used as special centres for public examinations which give opportunity for candidates at those centres to cheat, insisting that such schools if found guilty should be closed down.
He disclosed this at a press briefing to herald the 60th annual council meeting of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.
Wike lamented that the level of corruption in education system is high, saying there is need of total overhauling in the sector.
“Schools involved in special centres when found guilty should be closed for 10 years; this would serve as deterrent for others and correct the anomalies in the system. I will challenge WAEC on how to deal with external candidates”, he stated.
The minister also complained of principles of schools that are not competent enough to oversee schools, adding that there is need to give them target and when failed, they should be sacked. He called for periodic review of school administrators by the government.
Speaking on the poor performance of students in WAEC and NECO, he affirmed that inadequate of teachers, lack of infrastructural development in schools, poor reading culture among others are the causes of the problem.