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WAEC-NEC Approves Punishment For Exam Cheats

The Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has approved punishment for all established cases of exam malpractice during the last May/June Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCCE).

The WAEC NEC gave the approval during its 60th meeting held recently at Excellence Hotel and Conference Centre, Ogba, Lagos after examining reports of various cases of malpractice.

According to a statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of WAEC and signed by its Public Relations Officer, Demianus Ojijeogu, the body also approved cancelation of the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases of malpractices, which attract cancellation, while subject results of those involved in proven cases which attract cancellation of subject results be equally cancelled.

The statement also said that, some candidates would be sanctioned and bar from sitting for the Council’s examinations for a certain number of years.

“Moreover, some schools involved in proven exam malpractice will be derecognised as examination centres for some years, as examination centres will be withdrawn making them unable to present candidates for WAEC examination.It also indicted supervisors blacklisted, while erring teachers and principals have been reported to their State Ministries of Education and All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) for disciplinary action.

The decisions of the Committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates will be duly informed by the Council,” it added. The Committee received a report on the Statistics of Entries and Results for the May/June 2015 WASSCE and in addition, received and considered the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the May/June 2015 WASSCE as well as reports on the activities of the Aptitude Tests Department (ATD), for the period, May to October, 2015 ; and on the activities of the Research Department of the Council, for the period April to October, 2015.

“With regard to the General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the May/ June 2015 WASSCE, the Committee observed that the quality and standard of the papers compared favourably with those of the previous years as the questions were within the scope of the examination syllabuses. The rubrics were clearly stated and the marking schemes well prepared” the statement stated.

According to the Committee, there was improvement in the performances of candidates as reported by the Chief Examiners that candidates’ performance varied from subject to subject.

The Committee also took cognizance of the remedies suggested in the Reports, which implored candidates to inculcate the habit of reading widely and solving practice tests where necessary.

The committee further called on candidates to procure and read relevant textbooks and novels in various subject areas in order to develop their competences in English Language and other languages.

“Candidates should read the rubrics carefully and ensure that they understand the questions and requirements before attempting questions.

They also advised teachers to cover their subject syllabuses while preparing candidates for the examination and to participate in WASSCE coordination and marking exercise in order to acquire more experiences that would benefit their students.

The Committee also commended the States that have put effective measures in place to forestall the registration of external candidates for the May/June WASSCE in order to prevent examination malpractice.

It further advised that State Ministries of Education to adopt the Chief Examiners’ Report as a resource material for the training of teachers in secondary schools and also urged candidates preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination to access the Report on the Council’s e-learning portal.

The Committee admonished more State governments to take advantage of the training of secondary school teachers by the Council as have been done by Lagos State and Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja in order to improve the performance of students in WAEC examinations.

– Titus Eleweke

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