The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has arrested 15 persons comprising students, proprietor and teachers over their involvement in examination malpractice in the ongoing 2023 May/June Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
WAEC has also identified 56 rogue website operators that allegedly leaked its West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) to mislead students.
The Head of National Office, Nigeria (HNO) Mr Patrick Areghan disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, during the monitoring of the ongoing May/June examination in some Government Secondary Schools.
Mr Areghan said that the identified rogue website operators would be prosecuted by the police in due course, explaining that some dubious supervisors were responsible for some of the malpractices during examinations.
The WAEC head said the council had put in place technology to detect any form of malfeasance from any location.
”I am happy to announce that so far in this exam, we have made a lot of arrest. We made arrest in Ibadan, Maiduguri, Abeokuta, Osogbo, Umuahia and many other states.
”Supervisor are our problems, they make a lot of money from this. The exam is taking place in over 21,000 secondary schools in Nigeria with only 2,000 staff strength, how many centres are we going to man”
He therefore, appealed to candidates, teachers and parents to maintain the ethics of examination to have a good and sound educational system saying that all hands must be on deck to fight the monsters called examination malpractices.
The WAEC Board Chair, Hajia Binta Abdulkadri, expressed worry over the involvement of school principals in the examination malpractices.
Hajia Abdulkadri, who is also the Director, Senior Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, commended the council for the deployment of technology to nap perpetrators of examination malpractice.
Meanwhile, the principal, Government Secondary School, Kubwa, Mr Musa Zuru commended the progress made by WAEC saying that schools in FCT operate zero tolerance for examination malpractice and urged other schools to key in.
A total of 1,621,895 students across the country are sitting for the examinations in over 21,000 secondary schools
Reporting by Daniel Adejo, Hadiza Abdulrahman and Julian Osamoto