Professor Kaniye Ebeku also announced that the registration of candidates for the examination has been extended to Friday, 28th August, 2020.
The extension followed pleas by principals and administrators of both public and private schools to enable them conclude necessary processes of registration for their candidates.
Speaking during a meeting with Zonal Directors, Rivers State representatives of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCORPS), Professor Ebeku solicited the support of all schools in the state for the overall success of the examination.
“On the part of the Ministry, we are working day and night to ensure that the examination is conducted seamlessly. We want to ensure that there will be no problems, that there will be no shortfall, that there will be no difficulties of any kind. You will also ensure that your sitting arrangements are Covid-19 protocol compliant. Arrange to ensure social and physical distancing in seating arrangements.”
Professor Ebeku noted;
“I want all hands to be on deck. If you have any suggestion to make, please feel free to make the suggestions. We want to ensure that the whole process is participatory and everybody is onboard.”
On illegal collection of fees, the Education Commissioner also cautioned principals, noting that any principal culpable will face sanctions.
“I am aware that some principals in the junior secondary schools have been charging various sums of money for BECE for reasons best known to them. They have heard that the Ministry, the government is intolerant of corruption of any kind. We will not allow charges of any kind to be collected and consequences of breach apply.”
“I receive information virtually on daily basis of schools that have been charging money/fees. When we recieve information we will react. You will be hearing the consequences as we go on. Please, use your platform and appeal to your members and colleagues. Please save your career, protect your office by not being moved by the temptation of doing what has been outlawed.”