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Zero-tolerance for examination malpractices– Education PS

Feb 26, 2016, 10:07 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE), Baboucarr Bouye, has reiterated his ministry’s zero-tolerance on examination malpractices, and said it would not relent in their fight against it.

He expressed appreciation of the declining trend in examination malpractices, as a result of the combined efforts of his ministry, WAEC and the different conferences.

“I wish to reiterate my ministry’s zero-tolerance for the act and will not relent in our fight against it, and will continue to name and shame those found guilty,” PS Bouye emphasised.

PS Bpuye made the remarks while delivering a speech at the 13th Edition of the Trust Bank Excellence in the Millennium Award presentation ceremony to the 10 most outstanding students of the Gambia Basic Education Certificate Examination class of 2015, organised by Trust Bank Gambia Limited.

He said last year, in his statement to the awardees, he cautioned students to be mindful of examination malpractices as they aim to be some of the best students.

“I am encouraged by the declining trend in malpractices,” he said.

He expressed his appreciation of the board and management of Trust Bank for initiating and sustaining the Millennium in Excellence Award, and assured them of his ministry’s readiness to continue to work with Trust Bank to take education in this country to higher heights.

According to PS Bouye, by recognising the outstanding performance through the award ceremony, Trust Bank had once again lived up to its corporate social responsibility.

He also stated that in appreciation of the performance, his ministry has over the years made it a policy to provide automatic scholarship to all students who come out with aggregate 6 from the Grade 9 examinations.

The package does not only cover fees, it also includes books as well as internal examination cost, he added.

“I am aware that some of the beneficiaries of this award come from families that could afford their fees irrespective of the school they opted to attend.

“As we have now introduced in the Senior Secondary Schools, the school’s improvement grants which covers tuition and examinations fees as well as books, my ministry will out of necessity review the reward package for the aggregate 6 students with a view to making it more relevant and useful.”

MoBSE would continue to reward outstanding students who perform well in school, PS Bouye added.