The Nigeria Examination Committee (NEC) is the highest decision-making committee of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria on examination concerns. The committee meets twice a year to discuss issues with the administration of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for both school and private candidates.
The 74th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), of the West African Examination Council, was held from Monday, 10th October to Wednesday 12th October 2022 at the WAEC Testing and Training Centre (WTTC), Ogba-Lagos.
The Committee reviewed reports on Irregularity, Special Cases, and Clemency Appeals arising from the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2021- Second Series and WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2022- First Series.
In accordance with the Rules and Regulations guiding the conduct of the Council’s examinations, NEC authorized the appropriate sanctions in all established incidents of WASSCE for School Candidate malpractice in 2022, after carefully reviewing the different reported instances of exam malpractice.
It also authorized the cancellation of the entire results of candidates found to have participated in examination malpractices, which carry the penalty of Cancellation of Entire Results (CER).
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Some candidates will also face further penalties, such as a two-year ban from taking the Council’s examinations. Some schools will be de-recognized for a set period of years or have their recognition revoked entirely.
Some supervisors that were found wanting in the discharge of their examination duties will be formally reported to their employers and blacklisted by the Council, while some Invigilators will also be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action.
The Committee saw an upsurge in incidences of examination malpractice, with principals from various schools aiding and abetting the despicable acts. ANCOPSS was advised to call its members to order, educate them, and guarantee that their involvement in examination malpractice is kept to a bare minimum.
Recall that, 1,437,629 candidates, representing 89.79 percent, have their results fully processed and released while 163,418 candidates, representing 10.21 percent, have a few of their subjects “still being processed due to some issues being resolved.
The results of 365,564 candidates, representing 22.83 percent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.
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The Committee also agreed that members of Private Schools Associations be called as observers to Nigeria Examination Committee (NEC) meetings to inform them about the Council’s concerns about incidences of examination malpractices reported during examinations. This is to ensure that those found guilty of the heinous act face the proper punishment.
Finally, as directed, the Committee’s resolutions will be implemented without delay, and the Council will notify the affected candidates and examination centres. The results of candidates who were exonerated by the Committee, on the other hand, will be released without further delay. While the subject results of candidates who have been confirmed to be involved in examination misconduct, which carries the punishment of Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR), are similarly cancelled.
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