BENUE State governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, on Thursday declared that operators of miracle centres in NECO and WAEC examinations will no longer find a safe haven in Benue State.
Should they insist on running such illegal examinations centres, then they should be prepared to face the wrath of the law.
Governor Suswam spoke at the start of a two-day First Benue Education Summit at the JS Tarka Foundation in Makurdi. “We are going to be decisive, irrespective of who is involved; we cannot continue like this,” Governor Suswam told the audience, made up of proprietors, parents, government officials, regulatory agencies, traditional rulers, faith-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, the press and other stakeholders in the educational sector. The governor bemoaned a situation where students, parents and teachers form an unholy alliance to perpetrate exam fraud at some WAEC/ NECO centres, usually referred to as “Miracle Centres” where candidates who write exams at such centres are assisted to cheat just to acquire high grades.
Describing such students as halfbaked, Governor Suswam said they were among those who usually got into secret cults on university campuses with the habit of threatening lecturers to award scores to them. He said his administration would not condone such illegality warning that severe penalties would be visited on anybody caught in exam malpractice.