Friday 8 May 2015

WAEC cancels 2014 results of candidates

The National Examinations (NEC) Committee of
WAEC on Thursday said that it had cancelled results
of candidates involved in examination malpractices
at the 2014 examinations. Mr Damianus Ojijeogu of
the Public Affairs Department in WAEC disclosed
this in a statement in Lagos. He said that the
decision was taken at the 59th meeting of the

Ojijeogu said that the communiqué of the meeting
was signed by an officer at the Public Affairs
Department of WAEC, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu.
He said
the committee reviewed a report on irregularity and
special and clemency cases arising from the
conduct of the May/June 2014 West African Senior
School Certificate (WASSCE) at the meeting.

The statement said that the communiqué also said
that the committee considered a report on the
conduct of the November/December 2014 WASSCE,
including irregularity cases arising from the conduct
of the examination. It said that there were proven
cases of malpractices by some candidates.

“In the course of considering the various reported
cases of malpractice, the committee, after diligent
deliberations, approved appropriate sanctions in all
established cases of malpractice.

“This action is as prescribed by the rules and
regulations governing the conduct of the council’s
examinations. “It approved that the entire results of
such candidates involved in proven cases be

“The communiqué also recommended
that the subjects’ results of those involved in
proven cases of malpractice be similarly cancelled.

“ In addition, some candidates will also suffer other
sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the
council’s examinations for a certain number of
years,” he said.

The statement said that the decisions
of the committee would be implemented without
delay, while the affected candidates would be duly
informed by the council. It, however, said that the
results of candidates exonerated by the committee
would be released.

According to the communiqué, the committee’s
sanctions will also be imposed on all the ad-hoc
examination staff that condoned the malpractice.

“The committee has directed all the ad-hoc
examination functionaries, who were indicted of
involvement or condoning malpractice during the
conduct of the examination, be reported to
appropriate state Ministries of Education.

“The ad-hoc examination functionaries, who
participated during the November/December 2014
WASSCE, would also be reported to relevant bodies
for disciplinary action. “This will be in addition to the
sanctions imposed on them by the council.

committee, as in previous meetings, strongly
expressed concern at the alarming incidence of
malpractice in examinations and urged stakeholders
to join hands in curbing the menace,” it said.

According to the communiqué, identified
weaknesses of candidates are mentioned in the
reports including poor mathematical skills and
Geography 3. It also identified other weaknesses
ranging from poor handwriting, omission of units in
their final answers to numerical problems in
Physics 2 and inability to spell technical terms
correctly as observed in Biology 3 and Health,
among others.

The communiqué suggested the need for students
to learn the basic principles and concepts in the
various subjects and apply them in solving
everyday problems as some of the remedies.

urged the Federal Ministry of Education and the
National Universities Commission to urgently
facilitate the recognition of the newly introduced
trade subjects.

According to the communiqué, these subjects
should be added to the list of acceptable subjects
for admission into universities. It said that the
committee had, before their deliberations,
unanimously elected Mrs Fatima Abdulrahaman to
act as the chairman.

Abdulrahaman is the National
President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of
Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).

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