No fewer than 1.6 million candidates have registered and expected to participate in the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This was disclosed by the Head of National Office (HNO) of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Patrick Areghan.
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He noted that conducting examinations is a huge task and requires money and collaboration of all stakeholders including the media, especially in the face of rising cases of insecurity and the resurgence of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country, while precautionary measures are put in place before, during and after the examination.
According to him, the West African School Certificate is internationally accepted and its integrity needs to be protected.
To sustain this standard, WAEC shall be collaborating with the federal and state ministries of health and education as well as the police and other security agencies.
Also WAEC has in-built mechanisms to detect every act of cheating and cheats, when caught, will have their results withheld.
He, therefore, advised parents not to indulge their children and wards in cheating during examinations.
He disclosed that its Nigerian office has not recorded any episode of leakage of examination questions in the last couple of years, adding that what some section of the public refer to as WASSCE leakage was the work of internet fraudsters who registered and sat with genuine candidates in the hall.
These mercenaries are served the examination papers and while pretending to be writing the examination, will manage to snap the questions in collaboration with their mercenaries outside.
He warned that WAEC would not hesitate to hand any person caught cheating over to the police.
He further disclosed that the council was working day and night towards accommodating some schools still bothering it with late registration issues and this development is taking its toll on the council’s operations.