The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria has said none of its question papers for the continued West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates 2020 leaked before time.
Rather, supervisors and candidates take pictures of the questions during the live Examination and share with outsiders to perpetrate examination malpractice.
A statement signed by the Council’s Ag. Head, Public Affairs Demianus Ojijeogu, for the top of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, warned members of the general public to ignore such papers shared on the social media, while urging supervisors to stay to the rule.
It reads: “The attention of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria has been drawn to publications on social and other media alleging the leakage of its question papers within the ongoing WASSCE for school Candidates, 2020. Some have even gone ahead to (mis)quote the top of National Office of WAEC-Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Areghan, as confirming same. this is often faraway from the reality and that we take very strong exception thereto .
“For the avoidance of doubt, and for the advantage of the overall public, there has been no leakage of any paper, whatsoever. The Council’s Monitoring/Investigations have revealed that some unscrupulous and unpatriotic Supervisors/Invigilators, and in some cases, candidates, snap the question papers (while the examination is in progress) and forward to their outside collaborators who successively , provide solutions to the questions which they send to their subscribers via criminally-inclined websites, SMS and WhatsApp, whilst this is often against our regulation of: USE OF CELL PHONES within the EXAMINATION HALL isn’t ALLOWED. Some culprits who were caught within the act in Bauchi, Nasarawa and Rivers States are arrested and can be prosecuted.
“The Council once more wishes to advise candidates, invigilators and supervisors to shun every act of examination malpractice. The Supervisors, who are school teachers, should justify the arrogance reposed in them by the varied State Ministries of Education that nominated them to supervise the continued WASSC examination.
“The Council also wishes to admonish all journalism to guide against sensational and irresponsible journalism.
“Once more, the Council would really like to re-assure its stakeholders and therefore the general public that contrary to the misleading impression, which the publications sought to portray, the integrity of the continued WASSCE for college Candidates, 2020 has not been compromised, as none of the question papers has leaked.”