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EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE: WAEC to publish names of offenders




The fight against examination malpractice in the country is about to be taken a new level as the Nigeria Examinations Committee of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has recommended that the names of candidates, schools, invigilators and supervisors caught aiding and abetting arch malpractice should published to discourage others.

The recommendation was made in Lagos at the end of the 66th meeting of the committee, the highest decision-making organ of WAEC on examination-related matters in Nigeria.

The committee made the recommendation to WAEC, the Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the ministries of education of the 36 states of the federation, noting that it had received reports on cases of irregularity, special and clemency arising from the conduct of the WASSCE for both private candidates and school candidates in 2017 and 2018 during the meeting.

According to the committee, in the course of considering the various reported cases of malpractice and after diligent deliberation, the meeting approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract cancellation of entire results, be cancelled, while the subject results of those proven cases be similarly cancelled.

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The committee, which commended WAEC for ensuring that examination cheats did not get away with their nefarious activities by deploying cutting-edge technology and putting in place mechanisms aimed at checking examination malpractice, said it however sadly observed that the incidence is still on the increase.

It called on all stakeholders to put more efforts in the fight against the scourge, while also decrying the high rate of impersonation during public examinations for candidates in schools.

Describing impersonation as a form of examination malpractice, the committee called on school principals to check the ugly trend.

The committee further called on the various ministries of education in the states to reconsider the calibre and integrity of teachers nominated as supervisors for public examinations.


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