By Gabriel Digue
The The West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) yesterday expressed concern over the activities of rogue website operators during the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE ) ongoing in May/June 2022.
The council, in a statement signed by its acting public affairs officer, Ms Moyosola Adeyegbe, condemned the candidates and the parents for patronizing the operators of rogue websites.
Adeyegbe drew the attention of stakeholders and the public to the evil activities perpetrated by unscrupulous elements in the conduct of WASSCE 2022.
“The board is aware of the operations of these despicable individuals, especially the rogue website operators, who are determined to sabotage the noble efforts and practical arrangements put in place by WAEC to ensure the smooth running of the exam. The council is also aware that these individuals commit their despicable acts through various social media platforms, such as blogs, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram.
Adeyegbe said these unpatriotic individuals see WASSCE and other exams as a business venture and a way to earn money, thus deceiving innocent and gullible candidates and their parents.
She said exam cheats lure candidates and their parents into offering shortcuts to passing exams by lying. to them that WAEC questions can be viewed before the due date.
“This is nothing but a lie from the abyss of hell. Please, for the avoidance of doubt and for the benefit of the general public, it is not true. The council is working hard to implement strong security measures to protect the integrity of its test items. Unfortunately, some test takers have fallen prey to the “trash” served on these rogue platforms. They no longer read their books due to the promise to access “WAEC questions!” This is a very sad and dangerous development.
The image creator said the council assured the general public that the rogue website would not go unpunished as they would be brought to justice and made to pay for all their crimes, noting that “the council will stop at nothing to ensure that the fight against this societal evil is won at all costs.We are grateful to the Nigerian police for their strong collaboration in this regard.
The council reminded candidates that there is no shortcut to passing the exams and warned that any candidate caught in the act would be disciplined appropriately as approved by the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), the Council’s highest decision-making body on examination-related matters.
“It will be painful to spend six years in secondary school and not have results to show for their learning and their efforts.”
According to her, the council advised parents to encourage their children/wards to study hard and refrain from associating with those evil peddlers who seek to destroy the destiny of their children/wards. Parents are also advised to stop funding these illicit acts.
The board has used this medium to appeal to the various ministries of education to warn proctors, supervisors, school administrators and school owners who like to extort and harass candidates to pay for “examination settlement”, that such actions will not be tolerated, and any school caught will face appropriate penalties.
The council calls on all concerned to ignore these rogue website operators and their various platforms and join WAEC in the fight against exam malpractice.