West African Examination Council (WAEC) has cried out over the threat posed by some of the candidates attempting to cheat at its senior secondary school examinations.
The Council’s registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, who raised the alarm at a news conference in Lagos, described the threat as worrisome.
Uwadiae explained that some private candidates and their agents, who wanted to cheat at its West African Senior Secondary School Examination, are now entering examination centres with guns, to either kill, or maim the invigilators and supervisors.
He also said that some candidate attempting to cheat during the May/June school WAEC smuggled chemical or drug into the examination halls.
The WAEC registrar who expressed concern over the trend, fears that such candidates may in the future, attempt killing of examination officials who try to prevent them from cheating.
He said, “Misguided candidates and their adult collaborators, sometimes including school authorities, teachers, parents and, most recently, operators of rogue websites, have continued to devise ingenious and sophisticated methods of cheating, leading to an exponential increase in reported cases of fraud in public examinations. For instance, in the May/June 1993 WASSCE in Nigeria, the results of only 58,494candidates were withheld because of examination malpractice, but by WASSCE for school candidates 2017, the number of candidates’ results similarly withheld had shot up to 214,952.
“We have done everything humanly possible to check malpractice. It is taking a new dimension where the lives of WAEC staff are threatened. They (candidates) are now armed. They now come to the hall with guns. For private candidates, they do that; for school candidates, some go to war with chemical weapons, putting drugs in the drinks of supervisors.”