The Imo State House of Assembly has condemned the fine imposed on 266 secondary schools in Imo State by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) over alleged malpractice.
The condemnation followed a motion on urgent public importance moved by member representing Njaba Constituency, Uju Onwudiwe.
Onwudiwe had while moving the motion, which was seconded by Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise), disclosed that WAEC imposed a fine of N500,000.00 on the secondary schools for allegedly engaging in examination malpractices during the last Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
According to her, the examination body also demanded a mandatory payment of another N150,000 for each of the schools for the hiring of invigilators as none of their school teachers will be used in future examinations.
She described the action of the examination body as unfair and a rip-off on Imo people, due to their love for education.
She argued that punishment for examination malpractice should be meted out to the individual offenders and not to schools.
She further noted that since the alleged malpractice was committed, none of the individuals or schools were made to sign any documents or given a letter only for examination body to impose the fine as registration for fresh SSCE was ongoing.
She therefore prayed the House to invite the Zonal Coordinator of WAEC and other principal officers to interface with the House during plenary.
Lending their voices, Eddy Obinna and the deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu described the motion as emotional and called for open interface with WAEC officials.
Other members namely Chiiji Collins (Isiala Mbano), Kanayo Onyemaechi (Owerri West), Paschal Okolie(Orlu) and Dominic Ezerioha (Oru-West) condemned the fine by citing portions of 2004: WAEC Act.
The Speaker, Kennedy Chidozie Ibeh called for caution in handling the alleged undercut. He fixed April 5, 2022 for the interface.
Meanwhile, the House has set up Committee on Mines and Solid Minerals with Hon. Michael Njoku, member representing Ihitte Uboma as Chairman while Phillip Ejiogu (Owerri North) will deputize him.
Also in committee is Heclus Okoro, member representing Ohaji Egbema.
The House dissolved Committees on Public Utilities, Commerce and Industry.