By Faith Igbudu
Benue State Ministry of Education has launched investigations into the situation that resulted to the razing down of Government Secondary School (GSS), Tse Agbaragba, in Konshisha Local Government Area.
It was reported Sunday, 22 August 2021, that some aggrieved students of SSS 3 extraction of the school took laws into their hands by destroying the school when it became clear to them that they were not captured in the ongoing WAEC examinations.
Commenting on the issue, Chairman, Konshisha Local Government, Engr James Jirgba said: “I went there personally to inspect the damage done. What happened was that the school was razed down by fire and the source of the fire is still unknown as investigations are still on.
“However, insinuations have it that it was the aggrieved SSS 3 students whose WAEC registration was not properly handled by the school management and the examination body making them to loose this year’s sitting,” he added.
Since the incident, many renditions have been given as to why the school was destroyed.
In an earlier version, reports had it that, the Principal of the school, Mr
Stephen Aliba collected monies from the students for the registration of WAEC but failed to remit to the body, hence the incident.
Another version has it that “some aggrieved students whose WAEC registrations were cancelled by the school authorities for irregularities had vowed to set the school ablaze.
But it could not be determined if they eventually carried out the threat or another group was responsible for the inferno.”
In other reports, a member of staff who pleaded anonymity said SSS 3 students registered for the WASSCE and their names were forwarded to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) website successfully.
But when the Head Teacher, Mr Aliba approached the WAEC office, he was informed that his school did not have enough computers to cover the number of registered students.
Apart from the cancellation, the sum of N1 million must be paid by the school authority before the centre would be reopened.
Other conditions given were that GSS Tse-Agberagba must have 150 candidates and the school must have a perimeter fence.
The school authorities found it difficult to fulfil these conditions and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) resolved that the school management should hold on until next year for the students to come back and write their WASSCE.
The Voice investigation reveals that records of candidates dating as far back as the 90s were said to have been destroyed with other valuables during the incident.