FJA 2019 / Shortlist

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Damilola Banjo (Nigeria)

“Investigation: How forgery, bribery, exam malpractice booms at Lagos primary schools”

October 11, 2018

Premium Times

The sun was intense. It was a Saturday, a day when many people were either relaxing at home or attending functions. However, parents clustered under a shade beside the gate of Government College Victoria Island (GoCoVi) in Lagos — their faces, a mix of excitement and exhaustion as they received their children who had just concluded the National Common Entrance Examination.

As the kids filed out — into the warm embrace of mommies and daddies — one could tell from the dissimilar expressions on their tired faces that even though they might have all written the same examination, answered the same questions, their experiences were, definitely, not the same.
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Published in the following media:
Premium Times, Sahara Reporters, TheCable, ICIR, Daily Trust, Ripples Nigeria