By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Students on Ondo state yesterday joined other from across the country to begin this year’s West African Senior Secondary Examination Certificate, WAEC, with mathematics.
The subject is compulsory for all registered students and our reporters who went round some schools in Akure, Ondo town, Owo and Akoko towns, report that the examination started as scheduled without hitch.
Report from Ore area of Ondo state indicates that this year’s WAEC exams began more than an hour behind schedule due logistics.
SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that candidates at various centres, wore their face masks and maintain physical distancing during the exams today.
The story however took a new twist for some students who could not find their names on the register of those who could sit for the exams.
It was gathered by our correspondent that a suspected dubious official in the state ministry of education in Odigbo local government area had allegedly defrauded the students and his whereabouts is still unknown.
The official simply identified as Mr Michael ran away from home and did not report at his Ore office after allegedly collecting WAEC fees of the unsuspecting students to register them at special centres.
Speaking, two Schools Principals, Isero Grammar school and Odigbo High School, Mrs. Alana Temitope and Mr. Ojo Abiodun Akindojuromi commended the WAEC management and government for making this year exercise comes reality.
Also speaking, the proprietor,Our Saviour’s College Ore, Pastor Samuel Olaide said COVID-19 directives had been sent to all WAEC centres before commencing this year’s WASSCE.
STAKEHOLDERS RAISE ALARM OVER PROLIFERATION OF EXAM MIRACLE CENTRES IN ONDO
In Akoko area of the state, some stakeholders expressed concern over proliferation of special examination centres, where malpractices were allegedly rampant.
In an interview with SUNSHINETRUTH, two of the stakeholders, chief Comfort Ajayi from Okeagbe Akoko and Mr Lawal Obaalejo from Ayepe Oka Akoko lamented that such miracle examination centres if not urgently checked by government, it would further relegate standard of education in the country.
An educationist from Erusu Akoko, Mr Alaba Ajonbade, who retired from Federal college of education, okene blamed parents for encouraging their children to register at such miracle centres at high fees.
Meanwhile our correspondent who visited schools such Akoko Grammar School, Arigidi-Akoko, Victory college, Ikare; Agbaode/Orimolade Grammar school, Ikare; Osele High School, Ikare; Lennon jubilee high school, Ikare, and Orioke High School, Akungba-Akoko, observed that WAEC exam commenced peaceful with students and exam officials obeying COVID-19 protocols.
Ondo SUBEB RECRUITMENT
In the meantime, Applicants who applied for Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) online interview have lamented over what they described poor server system on SUBEB Portal.
Some of the applicants who claimed anonymity told SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure, Okitipupa and Ore areas that they have been login in to SUBEB website since 10am to write their exams but all efforts proved abortive as registered applicants could not gain access to the Portal.
Also, one of the SUBEB applicants identified as Morenikeji from Okitipupa in a telephone chat noted that the exercise was not favourable as she couldn’t access nor attempt questions via SUBEB portal.
Across session of applicants in all the affected council areas therefore appealed to State Universal Basic Education and Ondo State Government to help rectify and extend the exercise in order for them to write exam.