REMARKS BY SENATOR ISA MAINA, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, FCTA, AT THE 30TH FCT WAEC STATE COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY, 10TH OCTOBER 2017 IN ABUJA
REMARKS BY SENATOR ISA MAINA, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, FCTA, AT THE 30TH FCT WAEC STATE COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY, 10TH OCTOBER 2017 IN ABUJA
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Written by Stephen Oyelola   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:21

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It is indeed a pleasure for me to welcome you all to this 30th WAEC State Committee meeting of the Federal Capital Territory. As you are no doubt aware, my appointment as Secretary for Education is just over 3 weeks old and I am still getting acquainted with the workings of the various departments, agencies and specialized units and divisions within the Secretariat.

Secretary for Education

I have however been substantially briefed on the functions of the Education Resource Centre top of which is the conduct and coordination of examinations of which the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is one.  I am informed that Mr. J. O. Oke, the WAEC Deputy Registrar/Zonal Co-ordinator is also new at his desk and attending this meeting also for the first time. I hereby say welcome to him and looking forward to having a harmonious and productive working relationship with his office.

The purpose of this meeting I am also informed is to discuss and review all matters concerning the functions of WAEC in the FCT including the general state of education in the Federal Capital Territory. I am sure you are all aware of the perennial challenge of over-crowded classrooms in some of our schools orchestrated by the ever increasing population of the FCT. There is no doubt that this challenge probably has a negative effect on the academic performance of our students. This is one area which I intend to give utmost attention, in addition to teacher training which I understand is an issue that WAEC also takes very seriously.


A matter which I was briefed needs the urgent attention of WAEC is that of the so-called “miracle centers” whereby some students from the FCT, in their final year, will choose to write the WAEC examinations in “miracle centers” outside the FCT where they feel they can get away with cheating at the examinations.
As a long term resident and indeed at one time a Senator representing the FCT, I am aware that the FCT has a zero tolerance for examination malpractice and has consistently maintained a less than 1% record of confirmed examination malpractice. I will be interested to know what WAEC is doing on this matter as raised in previous meetings.

I cannot conclude these remarks without commending WAEC for maintaining the highest standards in the conduct of its examinations here in the FCT and I want to urge the Zonal Coordinator to ensure that decisions reached here today are reported back to the National Committee for prompt implementation. 

I once more welcome you all to this meeting and wish all of us rewarding and productive deliberations.


Thank you. 

EDUCATION SECRETARIAT, FCTA 
10TH OCTOBER 2017

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