Mr Godwin Oyekanmi, a school proprietor, has called on government at all levels to close down special centres used for examination malpractices in the country.
Oyekanmi, who is the proprietor of Bright Future Nursery & Primary School, Agbo-Oba, Ilorin, made the call in Ilorin on Tuesday. He said that such special centres are; also known as “miracle centre’’ had become legal examination centres in the country but were being; used for illegal practices.
He said that parents were fond of registering their children in such centres to write their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) just to ensure they succeeded at all cost.
According to him, the special centre has become a home of examination malpractices because it is guaranteed when the candidate pay extra money.
“Every corner in the country has now become special examination centre. You will see parents rushing to register their children not minding the cost and the consequence.
“Miracle centres have now become a legal business for some owners of coaching centres. They will assure the students of success and convince them to register with them. Even during the JAMB and SSCE it happens.
“These numerous special centres are gradually killing the educational system in the country and it is encouraging laziness among the students. “It is time for the government to say no to miracle centres; time for the government to be strict and rigid in its approach toward the act.
“Government must put the so-called special centres under security watch. Arrest whoever is; found in the act and sentenced to prison in order to curb the menace,” he said.
The proprietor, however, advised parents to encourage their children to read; and stop misleading them to shortcuts to success through cheating and malpractices.