Malpractice – WAEC NEC Vows to Cancel Entire Results0
The Examination Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has concluded that the sanction on the council’s rules and regulations for those indicted for malpractice in more than one subject should be reviewed from Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) in only those subjects, to Cancellation of Entire Results (CER).
This was resolved at the communique issued at the end of the 55th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council which held in Lagos.
The statement reads, ‘In the course of considering malpractice cases for the November/December 2012 WASSCE, the committee observed with serious concern, the indictment of some candidates for malpractice in more than one subject. In order to check the ugly trend, the committee subsequently decided that the sanction in the council’s rules and regulations for those indicted for malpractice in more than one subject should be reviewed from Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) in only those subjects, to Cancellation of Entire Results (CER)”.
Other challenges which were reported during the conduct of the November/December 2012 WASSCE included an increase in cases of impersonation, inspite of the stringent security measures adopted and the reported presence of touts at many examination centres.
In addition, members noted in the report that in spite of the information clearly stated on candidates’ admission notices which restricted them from the use of GSM phones and the body searches usually conducted before they were allowed into the examination halls, the number of candidates caught with cell phones in examination halls was alarmingly high.
The committee noted the comments in the chief examiners’ report on the November/December 2012 WASSCE, which included the observation that the standard of the papers compared favourably with those of previous years, and that the questions were properly framed, devoid of ambiguity and within the scope of the syllabus.
The marking schemes were also said to be comprehensive, easy to apply and that the marks were properly distributed. The committee also endorsed the plan by the council to post on the council’s website major decisions of the committee, including the list of schools which are de-recognised or warned as a result of examination malpractice.
It also applauded the plan by the council to introduce the up-loading of the continuous assessment scores of school candidates on the council’s website, commencing from Senior Secondary School 1, as this will ultimately ensure that only bonafide candidates of a school will be able to register for the council’s examinations.