The Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, has expressed shock at the dimension examination malpractices are taking on the continent of Africa and particularly in Nigeria.
He said while private candidates now went to examination centres with guns and other weapons, some private schools in connivance with the candidates were now in the habit of drugging invigilators using dangerous chemicals.
Uwadiae stated this at the WAEC International Centre in Lagos, while briefing the media on details of the examination body’s proposed international summit on examination malpractices.
According to the registrar, waging war against examination malpractices has become very expensive and more difficult particularly with the advent of social media.
He said: “The most notorious challenge facing examining bodies and other educational institutions in WAEC membercountries is examination malpractice. Currently, the malaise has assumed dangerous and criminal dimensions on the heels of some advancements in technology, which created the smartphones, the social media, among others.”