The examination council of Waec has urged the federal government to pass a law that would enable it to demobilize networks in all centers during the conduct of its examinations.

The head, public affairs of the council, Damianus Ojijeogu, said it would help to further check the different cases of malpractice among candidates in the country. He spoke against the recent activities of some fraudulent persons that operate rogue websites to defraud candidates posting wrong questions and answers during its examinations.

He said, “WAEC is not a national body. It is a regional body and as a result, we must always strive to operate within the ambit of the law that sets up the examination body.”

The fight against malpractice has remained one of our key challenges in ensuring that the integrity of our examination is not compromised. We want all stakeholders, especially the federal government to join hands with us in taking it seriously and fighting the scourge. He appealed to the federal government to assist further by passing a law that will enable WAEC to jam all the respective networks in all centers during the examinations.

“This is because, in countries where this has been successfully carried out, it is the governments of such countries that made it possible, for the sake of the future of their children and education,” Ojijeogu said.

According to him, the council is doing all it can to tackle this menace by continually deploying cutting-edge technologies and continuous training of staff, to be able to detect all forms of malpractice before it can be carried out. We are working to ensure all operators of rogue websites are apprehended and charged to court.

Some operators were caught last year and also in April this year during the conduct of our West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE) and paraded. Recently, we have been notified about their activities on our ongoing 2018 WASSCE examination for private candidates and we are investigating to find their respective locations. We are gathering as much information as we can to assist police swing into action. About 12 persons who have been arrested in connection with these fraudulent activities have been charged to court and our expectation is that the law will take its full course to serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.

Fraudsters are currently working hard to defraud gullible candidates writing the WASSCE for private candidates with lots of past questions of some subjects on various social media platforms. “These questions are papers already taken at the Gambia and Sierra Leone and we advise candidates not to fall prey to these persons as it is capable of compromising their performance and their future,” he said.

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