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Schools frustrating war against exam malpractices – WAEC

Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan (Middle) at a news briefing in Lagos

The West African Examinations Council WAEC, has expressed dissatisfaction at the rate at which some schools still frustrate their efforts to end examination malpractices in Nigeria.

The Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan expressed their dissatisfaction at a news briefing in Lagos.

He said that some schools particularly, the private ones still failed to support WAEC in addressing the problem of examination malpractices in the conduct of its examinations as they still aid and abet examination misconduct during WAEC examinations.

He noted that some private schools charge candidates more than the official rate required by WAEC as examination registration fees all in a bid to assist candidates to cheat through various means during examinations.

While he thanked the federal government for supporting WAEC in fighting examination malpractices over the years, the WAEC boss in Nigeria urged the government to come up with legislation that would be implementable so as to bring perpetrators of Examination Malpractices to book promptly.

Mr. Aregban also mentioned non-adherence to the deadlines of the examination registration process required by WAEC on the part of some schools which sometimes slowed down WAEC operations in terms of its preparations for the conduct of West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, for school candidates.

He explained that for the School Examination diet expected to commence in May this year, schools had submitted the Continous Assessment Scores of more than two million candidates while less than one point one million of them had been registered for the examination.

He explained that this attitude on the part of school principals was not in the good interest of WAEC preparations for the examination.

He, however, appealed to school authorities to do the needful on time to avoid the late rush of candidates’ registration for the May/June WAEC examination.

Speaking on the Seventy years of WAEC existence in West Africa, Mr. Areghan said the examination body had proven its excellence in service delivery by conducting quality examinations in the five-member countries over the years

Reporting by Kikelomo Ifekoya, Editing by Omotola Oguneye