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WAEC Investigates Alleged Exam Malpractice Cases Among Private WASSCE Candidates

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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has initiated investigations into the results of 289 private West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates whose results were withheld. These candidates are suspected of involvement in various forms of examination malpractice, including impersonation, bringing foreign materials such as mobile phones into the examination hall, and seeking external assistance.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, February 20, announcing the provisional results for private WASSCE candidates in 2023, WAEC stated that the fate of these candidates’ results would be determined based on the outcome of the investigations.

John Kapi, the head of Public Affairs at WAEC, highlighted that the decision to withhold these candidates’ results was based on observations made by WAEC officers who inspected the examination centers.

“There were issues of collusion where we saw people exchange papers and it was obvious that they had written the same thing. We had also cases of impersonation, probably if somebody registered but wasn’t sure that they were capable of writing so they hired somebody to come in and write for them,” Mr. Kapi explained.

He further elaborated on the various forms of malpractice, stating, “There were others who had some foreign material on them, prepared notes, some pamphlets, others came in with mobile phones, and others would come in and the cost of the paper would go outside, pick up some material and come in, ostensibly to try and see if they can get any assistance or whatever material they are bringing in.”

Mr. Kapi emphasized that the withheld results would be categorized, with each category having its own repercussions, ranging from the annulment of subject results to the cancellation of entire results.

“For impersonation cases, we will cancel and then we bar the candidate for a number of years, a maximum of three years. Then for all the others, cancellation of standard results and for mobile phone infractions, we cancel the entire results,” he added.

WAEC’s thorough investigation process involves comparing the contents of foreign materials found with candidates to their answer booklets to determine if any unfair advantages were gained. The sanctions imposed by WAEC aim to uphold the integrity of the examination process and deter future instances of malpractice.


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