By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State yesterday has assured people of the state of his determination to improve the quality of basic education in the state.
Obaseki, disclosed this to newsmen during an on the spot inspection in the Primary six school leaving examination certificate examination which took place across the state.
The Governor who was accompanied on the inspection by officials of the Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB also ordered the immediate arrest to two teachers who were engaged in exams malpractice at Ologbosere Primary School in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State.
He said the two teachers will be prosecuted according to the laws of the land just as he expressed dismay over corruption in examination process.
He said “As a policy we we started by ensuring that the exams is organized better and professionally, we have private and public schools been tested and because of the key motivation we have private schools trying to come and influence the exams to claim that children from private schools are better in standard exams.
“We are also bothered about the corruption in the exams process so all parents were kept outside because there was confusion in one of the schools however our officials ensures that the process was not undermined.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Osayuware Idahosa who was in the governor’s entourage thanked the governor for taking time to see things for himself.
Schools inspected were Ebenezer Primary Schools, Ivbyenova Primary School, St Saviour, George Idah Primary School and Ologbosere Primary School, Benin.