Shun Malpractice, WAEC Warns Students Ahead Of Exams

WAEC Officials at a press briefing In Lagos on July 7, 2020.

 

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has warned students, as well as schools, to shun all forms of exam malpractice ahead of the commencement of the examinations.

At a briefing on Tuesday in Yaba, Lagos State, the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr Patrick E. Areghan, said regardless of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the country, the standards set by exam body remain intact.

He, therefore, warned that lack of preparedness should not be an excuse to engage in malpractices.

“Gentlemen of the media, these are no normal times. This examination is going to be conducted under a very unfriendly atmosphere and conditions. I will like to use this opportunity to advise all schools and candidates to make the best use of the situation in order to turn adversity into success,” Areghan said.

“I must not fail to warn all schools and candidates to shun any form of examination malpractice. Lack of preparedness is not an excuse to cheat. For the benefit of doubt, standards already set remain sacrosanct. Do not delude yourself by thinking that they will be lowered due to the prevailing circumstances. Therefore, as usual, you get what you deserve.

“It will be a double tragedy for any candidate to write the examination under very difficult circumstances and not to have any result”.

Speaking further, Areghan also warned Schools and candidates to resist the temptation to patronise dubious websites that would claim to have examination questions at their disposal. “We cannot claim not to know that they are right now strategizing on their evil machinations,” he said.

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Months after schools have been shut as a result of the COVID-19, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, announced on Monday that the WAEC exams will commence from August 4 to September 5.

While students in other non-exam classes remain at home, the Minister noted that ahead of August 4, provisions for preparatory/revision classes are being made for those who are interested in writing the exams.

The head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Areghan, also affirmed this position.

According to him, the body has taken due cognizance of the various measures/protocols rolled out by the Federal and State governments of Nigeria, aimed at checking the spread of the pandemic.

“We have encapsulated all these measures in a pamphlet which will be circulated to all stakeholders for their necessary guidance. For the sake of emphasis, schools must provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitizers and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of all concerned,” he said, adding that wearing of facemasks by all stakeholders and ensuring proper social distancing will be enforced.

Consequently, more classrooms will be used and many more supervisors and invigilators will be required to conduct the examination, a situation which also raises concerns about adequate monetary compensation, as well as the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to staff, Supervisors and other examination officials.

Areghan, therefore, appealed to governments at various levels, Multi-National companies, corporate organizations and philanthropic individuals, to offer their assistance, to avoid the spread of the disease.

Read the full details of the address below.

ADDRESS BY MR. PATRICK E. AREGHAN, FCGP HEAD OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICE OF THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (WAEC), AT A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE CONDUCT OF THE WASSCE FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES, 2020 HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 AT THE WAEC NATIONAL OFFICE, YABA, LAGOS

Gentlemen of the media, on behalf of the Registrar to Council, the Management and Staff of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria, I am delighted to welcome you to this press briefing, my first with you since assuming office as the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC. We have invited you here today to acquaint you with our preparations and readiness for the conduct of the much-awaited WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020.

As you are aware, the examination was earlier scheduled to take place between the 6th of April and 5th of June, 2020, but had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The examination will now hold between 3rd August and 5th September 2020, covering a space of five (5) weeks. There is a novel development in this arrangement in the sense that the examination would be held from Monday through Saturday, in order to be able to achieve the five-week span.

A total of One Million Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Three (1,549,463) candidates have registered for the diet from 19,129 schools out of which 786,421 are males and 763,042 are females.

The choice of the period (August 3rd to September 5th, 2020) for the conduct of the examination was not arbitrarily set. WAEC consulted extensively with the governments of all the five-member countries before arriving at the period and duration of the examination.

In deference to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the five-week arrangement was arrived at in order to make room for the other Examining Bodies to equally conduct their examinations in good time. The shortening of the period is also of advantage in terms of reducing the period of mass social interaction with its attendant consequences.

During the waiting period, we continued to fine-tune and perfect all arrangements for the smooth and successful conduct of the examination and I am happy to inform you that we are set to conduct the examination in Nigeria.

In conducting the examination, we have taken due cognizance of the various measures/protocols rolled out by the Federal and State governments of Nigeria, aimed at checking the spread of the pandemic. We have encapsulated all these measures in a pamphlet which will be circulated to all stakeholders for their necessary guidance.

For the sake of emphasis, schools must provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitizers and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of all concerned. All examination functionaries, including the Council’s staff on distribution; Supervisors; Invigilators, Inspectors; candidates and school officials will be required to wear face masks, wash and sanitize their hands daily and throughout the duration of the examination.

Let me assure you and the general public that we shall adhere strictly to social/physical distancing in the examination halls by making sure that candidates sit two (2) metres apart.

This means that many more classrooms will be used and many more supervisors and invigilators will be required to conduct the examination. This has certainly raised the supervision fee to be paid to supervisors as well as the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to staff, Supervisors and other examination officials.

No doubt, all these measures have financial implications which were not contemplated at the time of drawing up the budget for the conduct of the examination. The big question looming now is how can this extra fund be raised?

On this note, therefore, we are appealing to the governments at various levels to come to our aid. We equally call on Multi-National companies, corporate organizations and philanthropic individuals to donate these PPE to us. It is essential that all examination functionaries are well kitted to avoid the spread of the disease. May I also use this medium to escalate our challenge to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and to humbly request for any possible assistance.

WAEC has Zonal and Branch Offices all over the Federation. The various state governments can donate the required PPE to the WAEC offices in their states.
Gentlemen of the media, these are no normal times. This examination is going to be conducted under a very unfriendly atmosphere and conditions. I will like to use this opportunity to advise all schools and candidates to make the best use of the situation in order to turn adversity into success.

I must not fail to warn all schools and candidates to shun any form of examination malpractice. Lack of preparedness is not an excuse to cheat. For the benefit of doubt, standards already set remain sacrosanct. Do not delude yourself by thinking that they will be lowered due to the prevailing circumstances. Therefore, as usual, you get what you deserve.

It will be a double tragedy for any candidate to write the examination under very difficult circumstances and not to have any result.

Schools and candidates must resist the temptation of patronizing dubious websites that claim or would claim to have examination questions at their disposal. We cannot claim not to know that they are right now strategizing on their evil machinations.

They are fake and conscienceless destiny destroyers. Self-reliance is the sure key to success.

The Final International Timetable has been sent to all the WAEC Zonal and Branch Offices for onward dispatch to schools and Federal and State Ministries of Education.

Finally, Gentlemen of the media, I want to thank you once again for honouring our invitation to this Press Briefing.
God bless you.

NECO Postpones National Common Entrance Exam Indefinitely

The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.
The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.

 

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has postponed the 2020 national common entrance examination indefinitely over the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In a statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, the examination into Federal Unity Colleges earlier slated for Saturday, March 28 has been moved to a later date.

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Sani explained that the “decision is in deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).”

According to him, a new date for the examination will be communicated to candidates and other stakeholders in due course.

He also apologised for “any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our esteemed candidates and other stakeholders.”

NECO Result: 52 Percent Fail To Get Credit In English, Mathematics

The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.
The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.

 

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released its November/December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 33,576 candidates, representing 48.68 percent, scoring credits in both English and Mathematics for 2019.

NECO’s acting Registrar, Abubakar Mohammed Gana, made this known in a press statement released on Thursday.

According to the acting Registrar, 70,140 candidates registered for the examination.

He further stated that 50,057 candidates, representing 72.57 percent of the total, got five credits and above irrespective of English and Mathematics.

Gana, in the statement, explained there was an increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with 12,084 to 17,004 this year of candidates involved in various forms of malpractices due to the council comprehensive monitoring by the senior staff that also resulted in a decline in the number of candidates who got five credits and above.

According to him, “the number of candidates that sat for English language is 65,207 out of which 41,214 representing 63% got either Distinction or Credit.

“66,398 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 54, 565 representing 82.18% got either Distinction or credit.”

According to the acting Registrar, 62.48 percent of students scored five credits and above, including English and Mathematics in 2018, but only 48.68 percent could manage the same feat in 2019, representing a decrease of 13.8 percent.

The acting Registrar advised candidates to log on to www.neco.gov.ng to access their results.

NECO Dismisses 70 Staff For Certificate Forgery

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

 

The Management of National Examinations Council (NECO) has approved the dismissal of 70 staff from her services for certificate forgery.

These dismissals are a sequel to a report submitted by a Management Committee constituted to verify the certificate of staff.

According to the management of NECO, the Certificate Verification Committee carried out its assignment diligently by inviting all staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested that their certificates were fake.

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The Committee also contacted the Schools and Institutions the affected staff claimed to have attended and the Schools and Institutions denied having certificated them. On completion of their assignment, the Committee submitted its findings to NECO Management which also forwarded the same to NECO Governing Board.

At its 17th Extraordinary meeting, the Governing Board vetted the report and approved the dismissal of the affected staff.

“The Council under the able leadership of the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Abubakar Gana has zero-tolerance for corruption and is poised to sanitize the system as espoused by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

The dismissal of the 70 staff is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the Council,” a statement from NECO read.

NECO Releases 2019 June/July SSCE Results

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

 

The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of the Senior School Certificate Examination for June/July 2019.

A breakdown of the results released on Tuesday shows that 829,787 candidates representing 71.59℅ made five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

The number of candidates who made five credits and above, irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,041,986 representing 89.90℅, which shows a drop by 0.57%.

According to the council, 1,163,194 candidates registered but 1,151,016 candidates, including 146 blind candidates sat for the exam.

The cases of examination malpractices doubled in 2019 compared to that of 2018, as 40,630 candidates were caught against the 20,181 candidates apprehended in 2018.

The NECO Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, said the reason for the higher figure in 2019 was not unconnected with the deployment of the new biometric verification device used during the examination, as well as more robust monitoring by staff and external monitors.

According to him, NECO has also recommended three schools, one each in Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo States, for de-recognition for two years.

He explained that the schools were involved alleged in mass cheating/whole centre cases.

Mr Gana added that a total of 18 supervisors have been blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, as well as connivance with non-candidates to write answers on chalkboard among other offences.

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results, Records 12,084 Cases Of Malpractice

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results, Records 12,084 Cases Of Malpractice

 

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2018 November /December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana, announced this in a statement on Friday.

The statement revealed that 37,069 candidates, representing 62.48% of the 59,963 candidates who sat for the examination got five credits and above in both English Language and Mathematics.

Further analysis of the result showed that 44,497 candidates got either distinction or credit in English Language while 47,151 candidates got either distinction or credit in Mathematics.

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It also indicated that 47,031 candidates got five credits and above, irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.

The result revealed further that 12,084 candidates were captured in examination malpractice which indicated an upward trend compared to 2017 when a total of 4,425 candidates were involved.

In view of this, 1,759 candidates had their result in English Language cancelled while 1,967 had their result in Mathematics cancelled.

NECO also cancelled the results of 1,144 candidates in Biology.

On how candidates can access their results, the examination body said Checker Cards would no longer be used.

It, however, advised the candidates to log on to www.neco.gov.ng and click on NECO Results.

NECO asked them to follow the prompt thereafter, to purchase a token that can be used to access their results.

FG Approves Reduction Of NECO Fees, Cost Of JAMB Forms

 

The Federal Government has approved a reduction of examination fees charged by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and the National Examinations Council (NECO).

The fees will be reduced from 5,000 to 3,500 with effect from January 2019.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday to journalists in Abuja.

The Senior Secondary Certificate exam conducted by NECO has also been slashed from N11,350 to N9,850 and fees for the Basic Education Certificate handled by NECO, has been reduced from N5,500 to N4,000.

The Head of Digital Communications for President Muhammadu Buhari made the confirmation through his twitter handle.

On the lingering strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the minister said that the Federal Government would resume negotiations with the lecturers on Friday.

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

 

The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2018 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

According to a statement from the Council on Monday, a total of 742,455 candidates representing 71.48% scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

It added that 939,733 candidates representing 90.47% got five credits and above, irrespective of the English Language and Mathematics subjects.

NECO revealed that 875,464 candidates, representing 84.77% and above had credit in English Language while 850,331 candidates representing 82.34% and above scored credit in Mathematics.

A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above in the examination, including both subjects for 2017 and 2018 showed an increase of 0.63% this year.

Although there was a drop in the number of cases of examination malpractice recorded in 2018, the figure remained high with 20,181 candidates caught for their alleged involvement in various forms of misconducts.

A total of 1,041,536 candidates registered for this year’s examination but 1, 032,729 applicants sat for the examination.

NECO released the results 42 days after the examination.

Senate To Probe Revenue Generation For WAEC, NECO

 

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has directed the Senate Committee on Education to probe the revenue generated by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The directive comes after the Joint Admissions and the Matriculation Board (JAMB) remitted more than N5billion to the coffers of the Federal Government.

The lawmaker representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, had also raised a point of order on the revenue accrued by JAMB.

Speculations are also high that the Upper House might beam its searchlight on the former heads of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB, over alleged poor remittances in previous years.

Senator Saraki, on Wednesday, ordered the Senate Committees on Education and Tertiary Institution, as well as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to review the revenues generated by WAEC and NECO.

Explaining the reason for the action, he noted that it was necessary for the lawmakers to find out how JAMB was able to achieve its feat.

He added that the success story should be applied to the other examination bodies so as to boost financial status in the education sector.

“The question is: what happened in the past and why the increase in revenue? What action has been taken against those people who were there before them? I think there is a need for us to not just sweep it under the carpet,” he said.

NECO Releases 2017 November/December SSCE Results

The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination results.

According to the examination body, 24,098 candidates, representing 56.79%, scored five credits and above in various subjects, including English Language and mathematics.

Statistics released by the council also show that a staggering 4,425 malpractice cases were recorded the candidates had one of their subjects or more cancelled.

The registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Professor Charles Uwakwe, announced the results in Niger state.

He said although the rate of examination malpractice dropped from 16.34% recorded in 2016 to 10.43% in 2017, the council’s goal is to completely eradicate the menace of examination malpractice.

The release of the results comes barely 38 days after the examination, an achievement which Uwakwe says the council hopes to sustain in its future examinations

Governor Ahmed Says Human Capital Development Will Boost Education

Governor ahmed, state higher institutionsThe governor of Kwara State, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has emphasised the need to exploit Nigeria’s human capital development to improve the education system.

Governor Ahmed made the submission at a meeting held at the Government House in Ilorin, with officials of the National Examination Council (NECO) officials led by the Registrar, Professor Charles Nwaikwe.

He pointed out that the council’s roles were critical to human capital development of youths.

While lamenting the high rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria, Governor Ahmed suggested that the youths should be trained so as to bridge the gap and ensure that people that are trained are employable.

“We will also exploit other ways by which we can improve on our support for NECO and other agencies that are development partners in our human capital development because, be that as it may, we know that education system in Nigeria has gone through a lot of metamorphosis and we have not been able to, as a country, articulate our human capital needs and human capital training programmes.

“That is why you see a lot of unemployed youths, unfortunately lots of them are unemployable because there is a huge gap between the training and the needs,” he pointed out.

The governor, however, stressed that there was the need to bridge the gap and ensure that those trained were employable.

Ekiti: Fayose Begins Distribution Of Learning Materials In Schools

Ekiti State: Fayose Flags Off Distribution Of SBMC Learning MaterialsEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has again reiterated his administration’s resolve to ensure that the state continues to excel and maintain first position in external examinations.

The Governor stated this at the SUBEB playing ground, in Ado Ekiti the state capital during the official flag off ceremony for the distribution of 2015 School Based Management Committee (SBMC) learning materials to public and primary schools in the state under the State Education Programme Investment Project (SEPIP).

The State Education Programme Investement Project (SEPIP) is a World Bank assisted programme in three pilot states of Ekiti, Anambra and Bauchi.

Governor Ayodele Fayose, while presenting the learning materials which is to cover 120 schools in the state, promised that such materials would be made available to all other public and private schools in the state.

The Governor also reiterated the need for pupils, parents and teachers to imbibe the culture of good hygiene, and promised to make funds and other logistics available for the purchase of hand washing basins in schools.

The President, Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, Mr Biodun Omotoso and Adejoke Comfort who benefitted from the project commended Governor Fayose for his giant strides in the education.

Amongst materials distributed were compendium of past questions and answers, mathematical sets, packets of chalk, graph and exercise books.