Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the arrest of some primary school teachers over their alleged involvement in examination malpractice.
It was learnt that the teachers were arrested while attempting to manipulate the conduct of the School Leaving Certificate Examination held in selected centres in the state on Saturday.
Obaseki, who paid an unscheduled visit to some of the examination centres along with the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor; and his Chief of Staff, Mr. Taiwo Akere, was said to have been miffed by the actions of the erring teachers.
Those arrested were alleged to have attempted to gain access into the centres when they were sighted by the governor.
Some of the Benin centres visited by the governor and his entourage include Ebenezer Primary School, Ivbyenova Primary School, St Saviour; George Idah Primary School, and Ologbosere Primary School, in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State.
Obaseki said, “We are bothered about the corruption and malpractices in examination process. As you can see, a lot of parents had to be kept out particularly those from the private schools who may have paid for their children to do well.
“They wanted access into the schools to be able to influence the process of the exams and they were stopped. I am happy that our officials have done well in ensuring that the standards we require and want to set are met.
“For the private school teachers who were caught trying to influence the examination, they would face the law as we are going to investigate them. And l am sure that the ministry of education has its own rules on how to deal with such matters.”