The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has blacklisted four schools in River state over their alleged involvement in Examination malpractice.
Speaking on the development at the 2016 national stakeholders dialogue and examination malpractice conference in Port Harcourt, the WAEC Zonal Coordinator in Rivers State, Humphrey Ubaka, divulged that a tougher sanction would be served to any school caught engaging in the practice of examination misconduct, henceforth.
He also said, from henceforth, WAEC applicants engaged in Examination Malpractice will be barred from taking examination for two years as punishment and as a deterrent to others.
Refusing to mention the names of the four affected schools, Ubaka said:
“Some are private while others are public Schools. That means the schools have been de-listed and their recognition withdrawn as WAEC Centres”.
He also explained that any candidate caught with any electronic device in the examination hall will have the whole examination papers cancelled.
He said the persistent occurrence of Examination malpractices has brought credibility problem in the certificates acquired in Nigeria in the international community.
“If you are caught with electronic devices like handset or any other device will have the entire result of such candidate cancelled, if you are caught impersonating the result of the affect candidate will cancelled and the impersonator will handed to the Police for prosecution.
That candidate will be barred for two years from taking such examination. If two different hand writings are found in a script, the result will also be cancelled. We will develop as a nation if we continue to go on like this. The persons will lose confidence in themselves they cannot defend such certificates.”Ubaka said
It should be of note that the riverine state has been relishing at the summit of the WAEC chart for incidents of examination malpractice due to prevalence of “miracle centres.”
It is believed that in the special centres, students pay invigilators to be allowed to commit examination malpractice in conducive manner.