WAEC decides on withheld WASSCE 2018 results

Olu Adenipekun, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Head of National Office, Nigeria
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has taken decisions on withheld results of candidates who wrote the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates in 2018 and those for Private Candidates. This was during the 67th Meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the examination body held between Wednesday, 27th and Thursday, 28th March, 2019. The spokesperson of WAEC Nigeria, Mr Demainus Ojijeogu told EduCeleb.com that the Committee received a report on Irregularity, Special and Clemency Cases arising from the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018, earlier considered at the 66th Meeting of the Committee and that of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2019-First Series. He said that the Committee also received and considered reports on the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-Second Series and 2019-First Series, as well as Irregularity Cases arising from the conduct of these examinations. “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,” he said.
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“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. The decisions 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.” Also, Special Cases, Clemency Cases and Restitution Cases from the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-Second Series and 2019-First Series were considered. According to Mr Ojijeogu, among other reports presented before the Committee were on the Statistics of Entries and Results for the WASSCE for School Candidates (2018) and the Activities of the Aptitude Tests Department (ATD), for the period October, 2018 to February, 2019 and on the Activities of the Research Department of the Council for the period October 2018 to March, 2019.
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The General Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-Second Series were also considered by the Committee. It urged Ministries of Education to adopt the WAEC’s Chief Examiners Reports as a handbook for both teachers and students in order to improve teaching and learning which will eventually lead to enhancement of candidates’ performance in the various diet of WASSCE. EduCeleb.com reports that WAEC NEC, which is chaired by the Chief Government Nominee on Council has members drawn from 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.

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