No fewer than 200 students have missed taking the ongoing West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in Bauchi State.
The names of the students , whose examination fees were paid by the Bauchi State Government , were fraudulently expunged and substituted with ineligible candidates by the Principals of schools of the affected students .
The state Commissioner of Education , Dr Aliyu Tilde , disclosed this in a statement on Thursday .
He said some of the victims also committed errors at the point of registration , explaining that some of the errors were biometric and misspelling.
Tilde said , “In many states , registration for SSCE is paid either for all candidates or for those who meet certain criteria , like passing a mock exam or aptitude test .
“ In my state, since the practice was introduced 10 years ago , government sponsors only those that can pass an aptitude test .
“ From 2016 , the corruption associated with this subsidy has grown in my state .
At the beginning of the year , my ministry fought the obvious disregard for merit and the importation of names of external candidates into the list of government sponsorship .
“ We won by successfully blocking external candidates at that level.
We conducted an aptitude test for pupils we could find at school and came up with a list of about 15, 000 eligible beneficiaries , against the 34, 000 in the previous year . ”
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“ We have already confirmed that the names of about 200 (out of the total 13, 000 ) candidates have been sent to the ministry by schools as the substituted ones in some 30 out of the 170 examination centres , ” he said .
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