The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has given a pointer on what will be the consequences of examination malpractice. The rule is based on the punishment for students who are caught cheating during exams.
According to WAEC, student s who are caught cheating or engaging in examination malpractice will not be allowed to sit for the exam for a number of years.
This was one of the resolutions agreed on in the course of the recent 65th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) meeting which was organized in Lagos and contained in a communique which was signed by the head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijieogu. Various sanctions for established cases of malpractice were approved by the committee.
The communiqué reads, “In the course of considering various reported cases of malpractice, the committee, after diligent deliberations approved appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the council’s examination.
“It approved the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract cancellation of entire results (CER) while subject results of those involved in proven cases which attract cancellation of subject results (CSR) be similarly cancelled.
“In addition, some candidates will also suffer other sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the council’s examinations for a certain number of years.
“The decision of the committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and examination centres duly informed by the council. However, the results of candidates who were exonerated by the committee will be released.”