…Association of Christian schools fumes….
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) in her recent policy towards raising creadibility of her examination and curbing malpractices has banned teachers from private schools from supervising its examinations.
The position of WAEC on the private teachers may have , however,pitched them against Christian faith-based schools who complain of being targeted.
The President, Association of Christian schools in Nigeria Ekaete Ettang, made this known to the press on thursday in Jos, Plateau State,while reading a one page communiqué of a meeting attended by 82 proprietors affected by the decision of WAEC banning their staff from supervising examinations.
According to Mrs. Ettang the decision of the national examination body must be reversed or have its members boycott the national examinations.
“In view of the above, the association of Christian schools demands that WAEC cancels the order and revert to status quo where credible teachers from Christian schools in Nigeria were involved in the supervision of WAEC examination. Failure to do so, all Christian schools nationwide will withdraw from future WAEC examinations.”
“If WAEC dose not reverse this decision and planned implementation, all Christian schools will boycott future WAEC examination.”
The president of the association insisted that the present action of WAEC was an indictment on its staffers. She went on to demand for an explanation from the national examination body and the Federal Ministry of Education.
“WAEC and Ministries of education must provide statistics to show the trend in the examination malpractices across the schools, which forms the basis of their decision.”
Inaddition,the President demanded to know the law which banned its members from participating in the supervision of WAEC, as it represents an indictment on the association.
“The Christian schools demand that the laws and legislations that prohibit teachers from Christian schools from supervising WAEC examinations be made available, as they have been participating in this process over the years based on written communication that are on record.”
Mrs Ettang insisted that her members have been of proven character while supervising past examinations, dissuading all manner of means supporting examination malpractices.
Meanwhile,the head of public affairs of WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, stated that the ban covers all private school teachers from supervising WAEC examinations in Nigeria,and never targeted at any religion.
“We have recently uncovered that the said supervisors from private schools do aid exams malpractice, because they have nothing to lose. They have no pension nor gratuity from their employers, so most of them mainly look for money during national examinations.”
Mr. Ojijeogu quipped that the examination body however do not fail to sanction any WAEC supervisor caught in malpractice, irrespective of the teacher and the school.