By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos
The Registrar of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Iyi Uwadiae on Tuesday revealed that some private candidates have cultivated the habit of bringing guns and chemicals into the examination hall in order to carry out examination malpractices.
The Registrar who disclosed this while addressing journalists in Lagos said examination malpractice has remained the most notorious challenges making examination bodies to spend more money than required.
He said part the Council effort to frustrate operators of rogue websites, who have continued to device ingenious and sophisticated methods is to organise an International summit on examination malpractice which will begin this month in Lagos.
The WAEC boss stressed that the lives of the staff are being threatened as a result of examination malpractice, saying some do come into the examination hall with gun and chemical in apparent show of brigandage to instill fears.
According to him, the malaise has assumed dangerous and criminal dimensions on the heels of some advancement in technology which created the smart phones, the social media etc.
His words: “the emphasis on certificate in Nigeria also worsened the situation. It is only certificates that some of the first class students carry that are first, the human being carrying it is last”.
Uwadiae stressed that the Council in five countries introduced several measures, adopted various strategies and deployed technologies at great costs in the fight against the ever- festering menace, as a result of the menace of exam malpractices.
“Misguided candidates and their adult collaborators, sometimes including school authorities, teachers, parents and most recently, operators of rogue websites, have continued to device ingenious and sophisticated methods of teaching leading to an exponential increase in reported cases of fraud in public examinations.
“For instance, in May/June 1993 WASSE in Nigeria, the results of only 58,492 candidates were withheld because of examination malpractice, but by WASSCE for school candidates, 2017 the number of candidates’ results similarly withheld had moved up to 214,952.
“Research studies shown that one of the ways of curbing the worrisome trends in examination irregularities is the mounting of public enlightenment campaigns to draw attention of the stakeholders in education and general public to the negative effects of examination malpractice on national development “, he added.
According to him, “The summit tagged, Examination Malpractice: The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes is expected to have registrars/ CEOs of WAEC, JAMB, NECO and NABTEB as well as the chief government nominees on Council and representatives of school principals associations in the five member countries.