The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has introduced tough measures to deal with examination malpractices in the country.
The measures include the use of composite answer booklets (inclusive of graph and supplementary sheets), synchronized time for the start of papers across all member countries, installation of more CCTV cameras in its examination halls and the use of metal detectors to search candidates.
Head of the National Office of WAEC, Very Rev. Samuel Nii Nmai Ollennu says the additional measures have been adopted following some new ways some candidates use to cheat in examination in recent times.
Rev Ollenu said question papers for the various exams would now be released to supervisors not more than 45 minutes before the start of an examination, adding that supervisors must not open the packaged question papers more than 10 minutes before the start of any paper.
He stressed further that candidates who report after an examination has started would be denied entry into the exam hall.
He cited that the use of the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to detect malpractices in multiple choice tests had also gone a long way to curb cheating in the examinations conducted by the council.
Very. Rev. Ollennu noted that the cancellation of the entire results of candidates and de-recognition of schools which register “unqualified” candidates were some of the sanctions meted out to candidates and schools.
He said poor supervision and invigilation by persons tasked to do so is one of the challenges facing the council and its efforts to halt examination malpractices.
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