The Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council has approved the cancellation of entire results of candidates involved in proven cases of examination malpractices.
A statement signed by Demianus Ojijeogu, Acting Head, Public Affairs of WAEC stated that in addition, the NEC at the end of its 71st meeting ruled that subject results of those involved in proven cases, which attracted Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR), be similarly cancelled.
The NEC at the end of its meeting held at the WAEC Testing and Training Centre (WTTC), Ogba, Lagos also ruled that other candidates found wanting during the conduct of the examination would, in addition, suffer other sanctions such as barring from sitting for the Council’s examinations for two years.
Also,, schools that aided such practices are to be derecognized for a specified number of years or have their recognition completely withdrawn.
Besides,, Supervisors found culpable in the discharge of their examination duties will be formally reported to their employers and blacklisted.
The NEC also ruled that invigilators found wanting are to be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action.
The statement read in parts: “The decisions of the Committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and examination centers duly informed by the Council.
“However, the results of candidates, who were exonerated by the Committee, will be released without any further delay.
“Furthermore, the Committee considered Special Cases, Clemency Cases and Restitution Cases from WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2020-Second Series and 2021-First Series.
It added that “With regard to the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2020-Second Series, the Committee noted the observation by the Chief Examiners that the standard of the papers compared favourably with those of previous years and that the clarity and unambiguity of the questions were worthy of note as they were within the scope of the syllabuses and ability of the candidates.
“They also reported that the rubrics were clear, questions were explicit and the marking schemes were comprehensive. The Committee noted the various shortcomings of the candidates as reported by the Chief Examiners.”
The Committee, which observed the decrease in examination malpractice, commended the Council for its efforts in fighting the menace, noting that the deployment of technology and the cooperation of stakeholders were paying off.
It charged WAEC to make its research work on the “Factors Responsible for Examiners’ Apathy in Reporting Malpractice Cases in WASSCE in Nigeria” available to Examiners charged with the responsibility of marking candidates’ scripts in the Council’s examinations.