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WAEC Announces New Rules On Exam Malpractice, Reveals What Will Happen To Erring Candidates



The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has revealed what will happen to students found guilty of examination malpractice.
Henceforth, candidates involved in malpractice during the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be banned from retaking the exams for a specific number of years.

Besides, results of candidates indicted for examination malpractice as well as those involved in subjects would be entirely cancelled.These were some of the resolutions reached at the 65th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the council held in Lagos.

The body, which met with other stakeholders on issues of irregularities arising from the conduct of the 2018 private series West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE), charged them to support efforts in addressing poor school facilities.

In the communiqué signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijieogu and made available to reporters, the committee approved appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the council’s examination.

“In the course of considering 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 examination

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“It approved the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Entire Results (CER) 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.

“The decision 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.”

It added that approval to deploy the item differentia profile application for the detection of examination irregularities in multiple-choice questions has been given to the council.

West African Examination council (WAEC) has said adequate supervision of educational instructors.

Describing examination malpractice as a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabrics of the system, the body appealed for government support saying the fight should not be left to the examination bodies alone.

While applauding the Nigerian council for introducing additional diet for private candidates, the committee said it has helped cushion the pains of external candidates in registering for school examinations as well as curb malpractice in examinations.

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