WASSCE: FG reads act riot to supervisor,invigilators, over exam malpractices

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, came hard on supervisors and invigilators of the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) over allegations of collusion with candidates to commit massive examination fraud in some centres, warning that anybody caught will be prosecuted.

This warning by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc Sonny Echono, was coming on the heels of revelation by the Head of National of Office in Nigeria of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr Patrick Areghan, that supervisors and invigilators were adding and abetting perpetration of examination malpractices in the ongoing examination.

Both Echono and Areghan spoke in Abuja during the unscheduled monitoring of the examinations in some centres in Abuja, three weeks into the examination to ascertain the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

The schools visited include Federal Government Boys College, Apo, Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja and a private school, FUNTAJ International Schools.

The Permanent Secretary also disclosed that no case of COVID-19 has so far been recorded in the 104 Federal Government Colleges also known as Unity Schools, saying however that there were reported cases in Gombe, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States, with remedial measures already activated.

Echono said the Federal Government has adopted zero-tolerance to examination malpractice policy, especially for WAEC and NECO examinations, saying previously attempts were made to get access to the examination question papers before the date of examination and that anybody who does that now is wasting their time, especially with the help of technology deployed in the conduct of examinations.

He said the Federal Ministry of Education was also working in collaboration with security agencies to arrest and prosecute examination fraudsters.

“Whether you are a supervisor, invigilator or candidate, you will face the full wrath of the law. We want to warn us, all the supervisors out there and the students taking this exam that don’t dare us, don’t take a foolish risk, it is wrong and it is prohibited to carry any electronic device into the examination hall, especially your phones.

“Anybody who is caught with it, there should be no excuse and you will have your result cancel and prosecuted in the court of law.

“We are also eliminating anything called “miracle centre”. COVID-19 has helped because with the reduction in number, the physical cheating where candidates are so cramped up that they can have access to each other’s script or too many that one of the supervisors could not effectively cover.

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