WAEC: NEC Appeals To Government, Stakeholders To Fight Against Exam Malpractices

The Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has called on the government and stakeholders in the country to intensify the fight against examination malpractice by sanctioning reported erring supervisors and invigilators.
According to statement issued by Demianus Ojijeogu, Head, Public Affairs of WAEC ,this plea was made by the body after its 63rd general meeting held at Excellence Hotel & Conference Centre, Ogba, Lagos.
The Committee also condemned the pressure being mounted on school principals to enhance performance of students in the WASSCE by all means, saying that this has led to an upsurge in examination malpractice and advised that it should be discouraged.
It however, called on state governments through the Ministries of Education to closely monitor the conduct of WAEC examinations by sponsoring State Appointed Officials of high integrity to monitor examination centres during the WASSCE.
The Committee, which is the highest decision-making organ of WAEC on examination-related matters in Nigeria said that proper enforcement of the rule preventing candidates from bringing mobile phones into the examination hall and stopping supervisors and invigilators from being their couriers as well as WAEC’s continuous collaboration with the Cybercrime arm of the Nigeria Police will put out of business of those ‘rogue’ websites peddling alleged examination questions and answers.
According to the Committee, it received reports on Irregularities, Special and Clemency Cases arising from the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates in 2016.
The Committee also considered a report on the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2016, as well as irregularity cases arising from the conduct of the examination.
In the course of considering the various reported cases of malpractice, the Committee, after diligent deliberations, approved appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of the Council’s examinations.
It also approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attracted Cancellation of Entire Results (CER) be cancelled, while subject results of those involved in proven cases which attracted Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR), be similarly cancelled.
In addition, some candidates will also suffer other sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the council’s examinations for a certain number of years while some examination centres will be delisted.
The decisions of the committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and examination centres duly informed by the Council.
However, the results of candidates who were exonerated by the committee will be released.
In addition, it received and considered the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2016.
It also received and considered reports on the Activities of the Aptitude Tests Department (ATD), for the period October, 2016 to March, 2017 and on the Activities of the Research Department of the Council for the period October 2016 to February, 2017.
With regard to the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2016, the committee noted the observation by the Chief Examiners that the quality and standard of the papers compared favourably with those of the previous years.
The questions were within the scope of the syllabuses and the rubrics were clearly stated. The Chief Examiners also reported that the marking schemes were comprehensive and marks were well distributed. The committee noted the various shortcomings of the candidates as reported by the Chief Examiners.
The Committee however commended the council for efforts made to prevent examination malpractice, particularly, the deployment of software to capture Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS) of students in Senior Secondary two in order to stop the registration of out-of-school candidates for School Examinations and urged the council to do more.
The Committee also commended the Benue State Government for issuing queries to all the principals who were indicted for aiding and abetting examination malpractice in the State and called on all other State Governments to set up machineries to sanction erring supervisors and invigilators, to serve as deterrent to others.
In the same vein, the Committee appealed to the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) to act as a whistleblower to the council by reporting acts of examination malpractice during the WASSCE.

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