West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) authority has again warned candidates to shun examination malpractice and trust only on their ability.
The WAEC board confirmed that it has apprehended some of the supervisors who leaked exam questions to students ahead of their papers.
Speaking on the development, Mr Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office, WAEC, while addressing students during a monitoring exercise at the schools in Yaba, Lagos State, said examination malpractice must be made a thing of the past by candidates, warned them to rely only on what they have read and understood.
Areghan noted that his visit was to monitor the exams which commenced on Monday and to ensure that students and teachers complied with COVID-19 safety measures.
He said, “Students should not go about looking for anything they call expo. It is shameful, supervisors collecting question papers from WAEC and going somewhere to open the questions. Yesterday we caught one in Nasarawa. They don’t know that we have a way of detecting them. In Bauchi, we caught another. We detected it from here. In Port Harcout, a candidate did the same thing and was arrested,”
In another development, the Rivers State Government announced that it is investigating allegations of WASSCE malpractices in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, said a principal in one of the secondary schools in the state has been accused of collecting money from candidates, assuring them of answers in their examination.
Ebeku said one of the students confirmed the development to the government. Reacting to the report, Ebeku said, “All allegations of corrupt practices in the ongoing WASSCE will be investigated.”
“Currently, we have no such report; bear in mind it is important to hear from the other party.”
The student had said, “Each of us was asked to pay N1,000 for Mathematics, another N1,000 for English Language and N500 for other subjects in order to cheat.”
Reacting to the allegations, the accused school principal during a radio broadcast on Wednesday, August 19 said, “I don’t know what the child is saying. I am going to bring out that child to say it before me that I collected N1,000 from them. I have never done it in my life and I have never thought of it too.”
Meanwhile, seven female students writing West African Examination Council has tested positive to the novel COVID-19 disease, Naija News reports.