The Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Lagos State, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, has advised all schools in the state to shun all forms of examination malpractice in the ongoing WAEC SSCE; stating that OEQA evaluators will be out to monitor the examinations in full scale.
She warned that any school that is caught involving in illegality will be sanctioned. She called on all public and private school leaders to continue to make adequate safety provision for the students like the use of masks during the examination, washing of hands with soap and running water and maintaining social distancing in the examination halls.
She disclosed this when she led evaluators on COVID-19 safety and hygiene compliance monitoring exercise to ensure that schools adhere strictly to the guidelines on safe reopening as specified by the federal and state governments.
The exercise, was geared twoards the examination was malpractice free and public and private schools meet the recommended safety standard for reopening. T
Speaking during the exercise, Seriki-Ayeni stated that all the schools she visited on the first day of the WASSCE complied with all examination procedures. She reminded school owners that it is important to understand that they are partners with government, and the reason for the examination is to build a successful future for the students.
On the issue of school reopening, she advised schools to download the Federal and Lagos State Government Schools Reopening Guidelines and the Safety Guidelines from the agency’s website. All schools must also make provision for isolation room in case of emergency.
According to her, “OEQA evaluators are now using technology to scale evaluations for seamless schools registration process. Registering to get a special code is the first part of the process that involves self-assessment, training and verification for clearance.
“All schools must also register with OEQA online to obtain clearance for reopening. They must also have learning managers to assist teachers develop learning plans that include distance and blended learning plans to be uploaded on OEQA website; while students should strive to protect each other by using face masks.” she stated