Lagos -The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is probing the activities of fraudsters engaged in trading alleged leaked question papers of the ongoing May/June 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) online .
Head of Public Affairs of the Council in Nigeria, Mr Yusuf Ari, told The Nation that the council has been aware of rogue websites selling question papers and answers of Nigerian public examinations (not only WASCE) for some three years now.
He said the council is currently negotiating with some perpetrators who have asked for payment in recharge cards to establish how they get such question papers.
He said: â€œWe are aware of rogue websites in existence claiming to have our question papers. This has been happening for about three years now not only to us, but JAMB and others. We are even negotiating with one to give us questions for Mondayâ€™s paper.
â€œThey have asked us to send recharge cards. We are waiting till Monday to see whether the questions will be real. We want to see how they will get the questions, whether they will go to the exam hall when the paper starts and quickly get it and take it out.â€
The paper for Monday is Government.
The Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), the highest policy-making organ of the council on examinations matters, has also raised the alarm over the activities of exam fraudsters.
During its 55th meeting in Ikeja between April 15 and 19, the NEC resolved to publish names of de-recognised centres, and upload the Continuous Assessment scores of school candidates and other major decisions on the councilâ€™s website.
NEC, in a communiquÃ©, said: â€œ Members noted the three-year comparison in the incidence of examination malpractice which indicated an increase in the May/June 2012 WASSCE to the May/June 2011 WASSCE. Collusion and irregular activities, inside and outside the examination hall, were the most prevalent forms of examination malpractice.
â€œ Members believed that the increase recorded in examination malpractice in the May/June 2012 WASSCE, in comparison to the May/June 2011 WASSCE was an indication of better monitoring of the examination by staff of the council and other stakeholders and a spin-off from recent innovations put in place. â€œMembers believed that if the Principal of a school decides that examination malpractice should not be allowed in his or her school, incidences of malpractice will be very minimal in the school.â€-TheNation