The West African Examinations Council has approved the barring of students involved in examination malpractice from taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The examination body approved this sanction and other sanctions at the 70th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the council held from Thursday to Saturday last week in Lagos.
A communique released after the meeting states that students found guilty of examination malpractice will be barred for “a certain number of years”. The committee also approved that the schools found guilty of engaging in examination malpractice will be derecognised for a specified number of years or have their recognition completely withdrawn.
Part of the communique reads
“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 examination.
It approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attracted cancellation of Entire Results (CER), be canceled, while subject results of those involved in proven cases, which attracted Cancellation of Subject Results, be similarly canceled.
In addition, some candidates will also suffer other sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the Council’s examination for a certain number of years, some schools will be derecognized for a specified number of years or have their recognition completely withdrawn, some supervisors that were found wanting in the discharge of their examination duties will be formally reported to their employers and blacklisted.”