Lagos — The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) in Nigeria has clarified that there was no leakage of any paper in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates.
Reacting to publications in the media, alleging the leakage of question papers in the ongoing WASSCE, the Council debunked the allegation.
The Council, in a statement signed by the acting head of Public Affairs, Mr. Demianus G. Ojijeogu, said: "There has been no leakage of any paper, whatsoever.
"Some have even gone ahead to misquote the head of the National Office of WAEC Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Areghan, as confirming the same.
"This is far from the truth and we take very strong exception to it."
He explained that the Council's monitoring and investigations have revealed that some supervisors, invigilators and candidates snapped the question papers while the examination was in progress and forwarded same to their outside collaborators who in turn, provided solutions to the questions, which they sent to their subscribers via criminality-inclined websites, SMS and Whatsapp.
Ojijeogu stressed that the act is against the Council's rule against the use of cell phones in the examination hall.
"Some culprits, who were caught in the act in Bauchi, Nasarawa and Rivers states, have been arrested and will be prosecuted," he said.
The Council, therefore, warned candidates, invigilators, and supervisors against every act of examination malpractice, urging the supervisors, who are secondary school teachers, to justify the confidence reposed in them by the education ministries in the states that nominated them to supervise the ongoing WASSC examination.
It reassured its stakeholders and the general public that the integrity of the ongoing WASSCE for school candidates was still intact.