Exam Malpractice: WAEC Punishes 30 Schools


For engaging in examination malpractices, 30 schools across the country are to face the West African Examinations Council, WAEC’s wrath.

28 schools across the country have been derecognised for two years, while in Imo state, 2 secondary schools have been barred from registering as an examination centre or presenting their pupils as candidates in any of its examinations for a period of five years.

To derecognize a school means the school could still be used as an examination centre but without the participation of its teachers as invigilators, while withdrawing the recognition given to a school implies that the school could no longer be used as a centre nor have its teachers participate as invigilators for a period of five years.

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PUNCH reports that though the names of the affected schools were withheld, the Head, Public Affairs of the council, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, said that a supervisor was assaulted in one of the Imo schools, and WAEC officials were “locked out for more than 30 minutes in the second school obviously to perpetrate examination malpractice.’’

Ojijeogu explains that for the derecognised schools, examinations can still hold in the school but WAEC will not use their teachers as invigilators.

28 of those schools across the country can however still reapply  to the council after two years, providing measures they have put in place to prevent a recurrence of examination malpractice.

Meanwhile, just last week, the Nigeria Examinations Council (NEC) Committee commended WAEC for providing braille facilities for blind students during the 2016 May/June WASSCE examination.

In a communique issued at the end of NEC’s 62nd meeting, the committee lauded the council for also facilitating easy reading for albino candidates in bold prints.

The examination body was further commended for providing additional supervisors to read the questions for dumb candidates at designated centers. The committee congratulated the council for these developments and also urged it to sustain the feat.

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NEC’s committee is the highest decision-making organ of WAEC on examination-related matters in Nigeria and it meets twice a year. During such meetings, NEC considers matters relating to the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates and private candidates.