By Adebayo Williams
The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has said that some cheating students submit their answer booklets with ‘expo’, the material used in aiding exam malpractices. The council’s Public Relations Officer, Demianus Ojijeogu, told Punch that some are also guilty of writing exams with counterfeited answer booklets. He said the menace of examination malpractice has been curbed by the council’s biometric registration process.
“We encounter malpractice during the examination and during marking. Some leave the expo in the answer booklets. We see that all the time. Others use other answer booklets different from the council’s own. But, we discover these things during marking because the booklets do not have our serial numbers and they are not usually signed by the supervisors. Supervisors usually sign the booklets before they are given to the candidates.
“We have been able to handle impersonation through our biometric process but there is still collusion where candidates will copy exactly the same answers usually dictated by a teacher. We have our invigilators but the number is limited. When you leave the centre or before we get there, they will do what they want,” he said.
Ojijeogu, who said that some candidates harassed supervisors, noted that the development had forced the council to adopt a more discreet approach in making announcements regarding examination malpractice.