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Exam malpractice:  WAEC approves cancellation of entire results

By Kayode Tokede

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Examinations Committee has approved the cancellation of entire results of candidates involved in examination malpractice.

The Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC) also disclosed that subject results of those involved in examination malpractice which attract Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) will similarly be cancelled.

The NEC in its communiqué signed by Head, Public Affairs, WAEC, Demianus Ojijeogu, at the end of the 62nd Meeting stated that, “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 in the Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of the Council’s examinations.

“It approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Entire Results (CER) be cancelled, while subject results of those involved in proven cases which attract 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 schools will be derecognised, their Principals reported to the Ministry of Education for disciplinary action while erring supervisors will be blacklisted.

“The decisions of the Committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and schools will be duly informed by the Council.

“However, the results of candidates who were exonerated by the Committee will be released. Furthermore, the Committee considered Special Cases, Clemency Cases, Restitution, Petitions and Previous Cases Referred for Further Investigation from Previous Examinations.

“The Committee also received a report on the Statistics of Entries and Results for the November/December 2015 WASSCE. In addition, it received and considered the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2016,” it explained.

The NEC commended the Council for providing Braille question papers to candidates that were visually impaired, question papers with bold prints to albino candidates to allow for easy reading and additional supervisors for the hearing impaired to read the questions for them at designated centres.

The committee also commended the Council for deploying a technology that can stop candidates barred because of malpractice from registration for its examinations for a stated period.

“In addition, the Committee because of the high incidence of schools writing on the chalkboards for their students to copy during the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2016 decided that if a school is warned for aiding and abetting cheating three times within a period of five years, it would be derecognised. It also took a decision to withdraw the recognition of two schools for assaulting a Supervisor,” the communiqué signed by Ojijeogu stated.

Furthermore, the Committee resolved that, henceforth, any school that allows candidates to be impersonated during the WASSCE for school candidates will be sanctioned. It however, frowned at the situation where candidates forge the signatures of supervisors on their scripts.

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