Operatives of Borokiri Police Division in Rivers State led by the Divisional Police Officer have detained the Principal of Community Secondary School (CSS), Borokiri, Port Harcourt for allegedly excluding students of the school from the list of registered candidates sitting for the ongoing examination by West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Trouble started when some of students numbering over 60 were denied access to the examination hall on Tuesday, with reason that their names were not sighted in the list of registered candidates for the exams.
The frustrated students alongside their parents stormed the school to demand the ongoing WAEC examination be halted over exclusion of their children who are students of the school.
According to Mr Iyaye Sunday, a parent at the CSS Borokiri, the principal admitted external candidates who 30,000 naira and above each. The external candidates were then used to short changed the students who had earlier registered for the examination.
“They admitted external candidates and, I am sure of it because I saw the external candidates they are in the hall writing exams. My children and others are outside crying”.
“I don’t know what to do, my children paid for the WAEC fee. I came myself to pay for the children and we are all here. The Principal can testify about it, I don’t know why he did what he did. He removed the names of students and put external candidates. The students are outside and we the parents are not happy. The students excluded are 62 in number.”
“The students excluded from the WAEC list were crying that the principal replaced their names with external candidates. They are about 73 students in number”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Education in the state, Prof Chinedu Mmom, who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt, on the development revealed that he has suspended the Principal of the CSS Borokiri, Ella Ewoh and urged the police to detain him.
Prof Mmom further claimed that the principal agreed that he short changed students he registered in the school for external candidates, adding that principal is now pleading for leniency.