The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is blaming the activities of certain School Principals, its own Invigilators and Supervisors after series of allegations of examination question paper leakages, a statement from the examinations body signed by Demianus Ojijeogu, Head of Public Affairs show.
Part of the statement reads: “Our monitoring and investigations of the ongoing examination have established the fact that certain School Principals, Invigilators, Supervisors and Candidates who had succeeded in smuggling mobile phones and other electronic devices into the examination hall, snapped the question papers after the examination must have commenced and forward to their criminal collaborators who in turn provide solutions to the questions and send to their subscribers via rogue websites, SMS, WhatsApp and other social media.
According to the council, its team also discovered that the syndicate photoshop question papers of previous examinations to scam gullible candidates who patronize their rogue websites and WhatsApp platforms.
The council reminded the public that it has the capability and capacity to detect and punish candidates who must have benefited from the fraudulent activities of the operators of rogue websites and WhatsApp platforms.
WAEC assures the general public that activities of the rogue websites and fraudulent WhatsApp platforms that peddle solved answers for a fee would not affect the integrity of the ongoing examination, the council expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Police force, especially the Inspector General Of Police monitoring team for their cooperation and swift arrest of some suspects whose activities and business operations are suspicious.
“The Council wishes to highly commend the efforts of the Security Agencies, particularly, the Nigeria Police which have been collaborating with it in the fight against examination malpractice. In particular, the Council wishes to commend the Inspector General of Police for directing the IGP Monitoring Team which has been collaborating with the Council in the past two years.
“This collaboration with the IGP Monitoring Team resulted in the arrest of some individuals connected with the Syndicate in different locations around the country early last year. The individuals were paraded at the Force Headquarters, Abuja and subsequently charged to court. The Council hopes that this collaboration will continue so as to checkmate the nefarious activities of these unscrupulous individuals,” the statement added.