WAEC initiates inquiry into the 289 private WASSCE results that were withheld.

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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has initiated an inquiry into the results of 289 private West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates, as revealed in a press statement on Tuesday, February 20. These candidates face allegations of engaging in various forms of examination malpractices, such as impersonation, bringing unauthorized materials (including mobile phones) into the examination hall, and seeking external assistance during the 2023 provisional WASSCE for private candidates.

WAEC’s Head of Public Affairs, John Kapi, highlighted that the decision to withhold these results was based on observations made by their officers during inspections at the examination centers. Issues identified included collusion, where individuals exchanged papers and produced identical responses, as well as cases of impersonation, where candidates hired someone else to write the exam on their behalf.

Speaking to JoyNews, Mr. Kapi further explained that instances of foreign materials, such as prepared notes or pamphlets, were also reported. Some candidates brought mobile phones into the examination hall, while others attempted to acquire external assistance during the exam. The investigation aims to determine the extent of these malpractices and their impact on the integrity of the examination process.

The withheld results will be categorized based on the nature of the malpractices, and the subsequent actions will vary accordingly. For cases involving foreign materials, candidates will be required to provide a statement, and the foreign material will be attached to it. Subsequently, the script will be compared to the foreign material to ascertain any unfair advantages gained. If similarities are found, appropriate actions will be taken.

In the case of impersonation, WAEC plans to cancel the results and impose a ban on the candidate for a maximum of three years. For other infractions, the cancellation of standard results is the proposed penalty, and for instances involving mobile phones, the entire results will be canceled.

This investigation underscores WAEC’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of its examinations and ensuring a fair and transparent assessment process for all candidates. The outcomes of these investigations will determine whether the withheld results will be released or canceled, aligning with the principles of accountability and fairness in the education system.

Source: Myjoyonline

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