Nigeria: WAEC Lists Sanctions for Exam Malpractice

Lagos — Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has approved appropriate sanctions for all established cases of exam malpractice.

The Committee gave the approval after receiving reports on irregularities, special and clemency cases arising from the conduct of the 2020 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

NEC, after its 70th meeting in Lagos approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases be cancelled, while subject results of those involved in proven cases be similarly cancelled.

The committee listed other sanctions for proven cases of exam malpractice to include barring students from sitting for the Council’s examinations for a certain number of years, de-recognition of schools and blacklisting of supervisors found wanting in the discharge of their duties.

A statement by WAEC’s Acting Head of Public Affairs, Demianus G. Ojijeogu, stated that invigilators would also be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action while results of candidates who were exonerated by the Committee will be released.

Membership of the Committee comprises four representatives each, of the State Ministries of Education and the Department of Education of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the Universities.

It also includes the Registrar to Council, Head of the Nigeria National Office, Head of the Test Development Division (TDD) and Head of the Test Administration Division (TAD) of the Council.

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