The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has apprehended at least 20 school officials who are suspected of aiding and abetting examination malpractice during the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates. The arrests were made in various parts of the country. Mr Patrick Areghan, the Head of the National Office of the council, disclosed this information during a monitoring exercise he conducted in several schools in Lagos.
The WAEC has handed over all the individuals involved to the police for prosecution, and Areghan assured that the council would make every effort to ensure a thorough investigation and resolution of their cases. He emphasized that the issue of examination malpractice must no longer be taken lightly, as it has severely undermined morals and values in society. If left unchecked, it could have dire consequences for the country.
Areghan also highlighted the successful use of technology in identifying and apprehending examination cheaters. He provided specific examples of arrests, such as the case in Ibadan, where a supervisor, principal, and invigilator were arrested for allegedly sharing and posting exam questions on certain platforms to facilitate malpractice. Similar incidents occurred in Maiduguri, Umuahia, Abeokuta, Osogbo, and Kaduna, resulting in the arrest of other school officials involved in the same illicit activities.
Areghan condemned the actions of those involved, considering them a disgraceful act. He urged candidates not to jeopardize their future by associating with individuals who offer to help them cheat on the exams illegally. He stressed that WAEC’s examinations cannot be accessed through unlawful means and encouraged candidates to maintain their integrity throughout the assessment process. The council will continue to make arrests until the conclusion of the examination.