The Head of Nigeria National Office of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Patrick Areghan, says 10 supervisors have been arrested for alleged involvement in examination malpractices in the ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in the country, Siggy reports.
Areghan, who disclosed this during supervision of the examination in four centres in Abuja on Thursday, said the arrests were made in Lagos, Kano, Beyelsa and Kaduna states.
“Our major problem lies with the supervisors as only few of them are reliable and it’s unfortunate these are the supervisors that were nominated by the various states’ ministry of education and we employed them. We don’t have the power to nominate any supervisors on our own we only made use of credible teachers supplied to us by the ministry,” he said.
He added, “But for a mere pot of porridge, they sell their conscience and allow candidates to come into the examination hall with phones to snap question papers and post them on designated platforms.”
He noted that some of the supervisors belonged to syndicate groups that run the platforms, saying, “The good news is we catch them and they don’t go unpunished as we are working hand in hand with the Nigerian police.”
While condemning the act by schools who swindled money out of some candidates and didn’t enroll them, he said it was not the fault of WAEC that they were not enrolled.
The WAEC head, who is impressed with the process, however advised candidates to desist from examination malpractice, saying those who smuggle text books into examination halls or indulge in impersonation would not get their results.