Lafia - The Nasarawa Government on Wednesday threatened to shut down any private secondary school found aiding students to perpetrate examination malpractice in the state.
Sani Yakubu-Hauwa, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, gave the warning during a meeting with proprietors of private schools in Lafia.
Yakubu-Hauwa, who was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ishaku Abari, said that the ministry would not fold it hands and watch private schools engage in the practise.
"The ministry would not spare teachers or any private school found aiding acts of examination malpractice.
"The ministry will prosecute all those found in such acts for the overall development of the country, ” Yakubu-Hauwa said.
The commissioner urged principals, teachers, supervisors, parents and students to join in the fight against examination malpractice in order to restore sanity in the education sector.
She called on the proprietors to support the good initiative of the Governor Tanko Almakura in repositioning the education sector in the state.
The commissioner advised the proprietors to make sure they registered manageable number of students to write the examinations organised by the West African Examination Council and the National Examination Council.
Yakubu-Hauwa also urged parents to take advantage of the state government's free education policy by sending their wards to schools.
She said education is the best legacy parents can bequeath on their children.
Responding, the Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Nasarawa Chapter, Charles Wike, commended the State Government for according premium to education.
Wike promised that the association would support the state government to tackle examination malpractice.
The association requested for security in all schools for the safety of children.
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