WAEC Press Release on the 66th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) Meeting
The 66th Meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), was held from Tuesday, 2nd to Thursday, 4th October, 2018 at Excellence Hotel & Conference Centre, Ogba – Lagos.
The Committee, which is the highest decision-making organ of WAEC on examination-related matters in Nigeria, meets twice a year, to consider matters relating to the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates and Private Candidates. Its statutory Chairman is the Chief Federal Government Nominee on Council. Membership of the Committee comprises four representatives each, of the State Ministries of Education and the Department of Education of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, ANCOPSS and the Universities. It also includes the Registrar to Council, the Head of the Nigeria National Office, the Head of the Test Development Division (TDD) and the Head of the Test Administration Division (TAD) of the Council.
During the 66th Meeting, the Committee received reports on Irregularity, Special and Clemency Cases arising from the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2017 and the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series, earlier considered at the 65th Meeting of the Committee. The Committee also considered a report on the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018, as well as Irregularity Cases arising from the conduct of the examination.
In the course of considering the 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 examinations. It approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Entire Results (CER) be cancelled, 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, some schools will be derecognised for a specified number of years, some supervisors that were found wanting in the discharge of their examination duties will be formally reported to their employers and blacklisted while some invigilators will be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action. The decisions of the Committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and schools duly informed by the Council. However, the results of candidates who were exonerated by the Committee will be released.
Furthermore, the Committee considered Special Cases, Clemency Appeals from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018 and Restitution Cases as well as Impounded Certificates for various years. The Committee also received a report on the Statistics of Entries and Results for the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2017 and 2018-First Series. In addition, it received and considered the General Resume of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series and the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018. It also received and considered reports on the Activities of the Aptitude Tests Department (ATD), for the period March to September, 2018 and on the Activities of the Research Department of the Council for the period March to September, 2018.
With regard to the General Resume of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018, the Committee noted the observation by the Chief Examiners that the standard of the papers compared favourably with those of previous years and that the questions were within the scope of the syllabuses as well as the ability of the candidates. They also reported that the rubrics were clearly stated and the marking schemes were comprehensive.
The Committee noted the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates as reported by the Chief Examiners and the suggested remedies for the weaknesses.
The Committee observed that even with the commendable efforts of the Council in the fight against examination malpractice, the menace is still on the increase and called on all stakeholders to intensify their efforts in the fight against examination malpractice.
The Committee decried the high rate of impersonation as a form of examination malpractice in School Candidates examinations, called on school principals to check the ugly trend and urged the States Ministry of Education to look at the calibre and integrity of teachers nominated as Supervisors for public examinations.
On the issue of punishment for schools, candidates, invigilators and supervisors caught aiding and abetting examination malpractice, the Committee advised that WAEC, ANCOPSS and the States Ministry of Education should publish the names of those involved to serve as a deterrent for others.
Finally, the Committee commended the Council for ensuring that examination cheats do not get away with their nefarious activities by deploying cutting-edge technology and putting in place several mechanisms to detect and forestall examination malpractice.
Issued by the Public Affairs Department
Signed: Demianus G. Ojijeogu, anipr – Head, Public Affairs
WAEC, Yaba, Lagos – 10 October, 2018
From 2016 Meeting: WAEC To Conduct GCE (Private) Twice a Year From 2017
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, says it will soon begin the conduct of its examination for private candidates, popularly called GCE, twice in a year with effect from 2017.
The council Registrar, Iyi Uwadiae, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the council’s “Registrar’s Staff Appraisal Committee’’ meeting on Wednesday in Accra, Ghana.
Mr. Uwadiae said, “The West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates known as the November/December diet for private candidates will now be conducted in January/February and August/September.’’
According to him, the measure is to ensure that many private candidates, who desire the certificate for various purposes, will have the opportunity of writing the examination and acquire the certificate.
“We have concluded arrangements to commence writing of our WASSCE for private candidates twice a year from 2017.
“This will take place in January /February and August/September every year in all the member countries.
“This development, however, does not affect that of the school candidates, popularly called May/June.
“That one remains once a year for all school candidates,” Mr. Uwadiae said.
He explained that administering the WASSCE for private candidates twice a year was part of the projections of the council in 2017.
According to him, as part of its mandate to render qualitative service to all member nations, the council is looking forward to a more rewarding 2017.
“That is the essence of this meeting, which brings all the Heads of National Offices (HNO) from member countries together. This meeting takes place once a year to discuss the appraisals of the international staff in member countries and recommend members of staff that are due for promotion.
“During the meeting too, there is also a follow up action on staff with negative appraisals after which recommendations from the committee are forwarded to the international committee for ratifications. All these are parts of what we do in order to make the activities of the council more relevant and beneficial to our people,’’ he said.
Mr. Uwadiae lauded the HNOs for their resilience, doggedness and dedication in the face of peculiar challenges in their respective countries and for ensuring a smooth conduct of the examinations. Describing them as the council’s foot soldiers, the registrar thanked the HNOs for the support accorded him as the overall head of the regional examination body.
“As foot soldiers of the council, I must say that they have done well and deserve the commendation of the council as we look forward to a better 2017. They (HNOs) have been meeting the mandate of conducting and releasing results of the various examinations within the stipulated periods and coordinating activities in their respective national offices,’’ he said.
Mr. Uwadiae said that WAEC was also looking forward to conducting its examination in many other countries with English speaking students, studying with Nigeria curriculum as possible.
“We are open to any country in Africa which desire to have us set examination for students, who are being taught with English and uses Nigeria curriculum.
“As long as these countries have all requisites needed for the conduct of our examination on ground, we will be there to carry out our mandate. For instance, we are currently rendering such services to some French speaking countries like Togo, Benin Republic and Cote d’Ivoire. These countries approached the council and we are doing that for their English speaking students who want our certificates,” he said.