WAEC Press Release on the 66th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) Meeting

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the press release on the 66th Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) meeting held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 66th Meeting of the Nigeria
Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), was held from Tuesday, 2nd to Thursday, 4th
October, 2018 at Excellence Hotel & Conference Centre, Ogba – Lagos.

The Committee, which is the highest decision-making organ of WAEC on examination-related matters in Nigeria, meets twice a year, to consider matters relating to the conduct of the West African
Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates and Private Candidates. Its statutory Chairman is the Chief Federal Government Nominee on Council. Membership of the Committee comprises four representatives each, of the State Ministries of Education and the
Department of Education of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, ANCOPSS and the Universities. It also includes the
Registrar to Council, the Head of the Nigeria National Office, the Head of the Test Development Division (TDD) and the Head of the Test Administration Division (TAD) of the Council.

During the 66,h Meeting, the Committee received reports on Irregularity, Special and Clemency Cases arising from the conduct of
the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2017 and the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series, earlier considered at the 65th
Meeting of the Committee. The Committee also considered a report on the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018, as well as Irregularity Cases arising from the conduct of the examination.

In the course of considering the various reported cases of malpractice, the Committee, after diligent deliberations, approved appropriate sanctions in all
established cases of malpractice, as prescribed by the Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of the Council’s
examinations. It approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Entire
Results (CER) be cancelled, while subject results of those involved in proven cases, which attract Cancellation of Subject Results
(CSR), be similarly cancelled. In addition, some candidates will also suffer other sanctions such as barring them from sitting for the Council’s examinations for a certain number of years, some schools will be derecognised for a specified number of years, some supervisors that were found
wanting in the discharge of their
examination duties will be formally reported to their employers and blacklisted while
some invigilators will be reported to the appropriate authorities for disciplinary action. The decisions of the Committee will be implemented without delay and the affected candidates and schools duly informed by the Council. However, the results of candidates who were exonerated
by the Committee will be released.

Furthermore, the Committee considered Special Cases, Clemency Appeals from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018 and
Restitution Cases as well as Impounded Certificates for various years. The Committee also received a report on the Statistics of Entries and Results for the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2017 and 2018-First Series. In addition, it received and considered the General Resume of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series and the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018. It also received and considered reports on the Activities of the Aptitude Tests Department (ATD), for the period March to September, 2018 and on the Activities of the Research
Department of the Council for the period March to September, 2018.

With regard to the General Resume of the Chief Examiners’ Reports on the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018, the Committee
noted the observation by the Chief
Examiners that the standard of the papers compared favourably with those of previous years and that the questions were within
the scope of the syllabuses as well as the ability of the candidates. They also reported that the rubrics were clearly stated and the
marking schemes were comprehensive.

The Committee noted the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates as reported by the Chief Examiners and the suggested remedies for the weaknesses.

The Committee observed that even with the commendable efforts of the Council in the fight against examination malpractice.

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