- Examination malpractice is an age-long problem, and is not limited to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC)
- The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) withheld the results of students from several states of the federation who took the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to misconduct
- Speaking to Legit.ng, an education expert, Prince AbdulMujeeb Adesegun Ogungbayi, said there must be a collective will from Nigerians to effectively tackle the menace
Shomolu, Lagos state – Prince AbdulMujeeb Adesegun Ogungbayi, the board chairman of MIMS Educational Services, on Friday, August 18, said to subdue the menace of examination malpractice, Nigeria must be intentional about “wiping out corruption in totality”.
It would be recalled that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) recently disclosed that out of a total of 1,613,733 candidates that sat for the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the results of 262,803 candidates are being withheld due to reports of cases of examination malpractice.
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A statement on the official Twitter handle of WAEC Nigeria partly reads:
““Outstanding” mean that some components of the results are missing; however, it will be resolved and processed. While “held” means that the candidate has a pending case due to suspected involvement in examination malpractice.”
Reacting to reports of alleged fraudulent practices, Prince Ogungbayi said if Nigerians cannot stop corruption in the country, then they cannot stop WAEC from withholding results annually.
He told Legit.ng:
“The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan has all necessary checks in place that will always unveil the fraudsters among the students.
“Note that the fathers and mothers of corruption in Nigeria of today are also the same parents who are government officials, proprietors, principals and teaching staff, supporting students for malpractices in different schools in Nigeria where results were withheld.
“So, I cannot separate Nigeria’s corruption from examination malpractices in a regional exam.”
2023 WASSCE: WAEC withholds results of candidates
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that WAEC revealed that 262,803 candidates that sat for the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had their results withheld.
This development was made known by the head of the WAEC national office, Patrick Areghan, during a recent press briefing.
WAEC: Students who got at least A1s
In a piece of related article, Legit.ng spotlighted some WAEC scholars.
Since the announcement, it has since emerged that some students performed extraordinarily, scoring A1 parallel in all the subjects they sat for.