The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has said that 25 of its former candidates, who had returned the certificates gotten through examination malpractice, as a result of their newly found Christian faith, may also forfeit the degree certificates acquired through the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASCE) results.
Confirming the development, when contacted, a senior staff of WAEC said that as soon as WAEC withdrew and cancelled those certificates, the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCE), were notified for appropriate action.
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Speaking on Thursday to Vanguard Newspaper, the WAEC staff, who craved anonymity, also said:
“Besides, the 25 WAEC candidates, who returned their certificates due to their Christian faith, there were over 100 persons whose certificates, were withdrawn.”
According to him, the implication of the decision by the former WAEC candidates who had personally reported their involvement in examination malpractice is to forfeit any certificate or job gotten through the WASSCE results.
The senior official said: ‘’Our stand has been made known to them such that they cannot come to WAEC office to verify their results for those years.’
‘’The onus is on universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, to withdraw their certificates if they ever gained admissions to such institutions through the cancelled results. Also, if the cancelled WAEC certificates were part of their official credentials at the point of job employment, their employers, if they so wish can take their decisions.
“WAEC has no power to prosecute them for personally reporting their involvement in examination malpractice, except those who impersonated to collect other persons’ certificates. We can personally hand over such to the Police for prosecution. All we could do in the case of those who reported themselves was to withdraw their certificates and notifies relevant education institutions.
“We have informed the National Universities Commission, NUC, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE and National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCE were notified for appropriate action.’’