How WAEC Tackled Exams Malpractice

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Dr. Iyi Uwadiae who served the office of a Registrar West African Examination Council (WAEC) for seven years, below are accounts of his services in office and also contributions made by the five-member countries.

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, who held the post of a registrar of the West African Examination council from 1st  October 2012 to Monday, September 30. He also said that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) board appointed a successor after him but never reveals the identity of the person.

The registrar gave a welcome address speech using the new teleconference facility in Accra, Ghana. In his speech, he started his career in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) on the 1st of November 1985, where he served the council in various positions.

He recalled that he held the position of a Deputy Registrar in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed the head of council’s Research Division in the head office located in Lagos. He also recalled that in 2008, he held the position of Head of Nigeria National Office of the council. He added that in 2012-2017, he held the position of a Registrar after Alhaja (Mrs.) Mulikat Bello. He also added that in 2017-2019, he was granted a two-year extension of the contract.

The head of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Heads of National Office, Heads of Department at the headquarters, and other dedicated principal officers commended him of his good work during his tenure.

He recalled that in December 2016, the council took up a challenge to facilitate and start up the building project of the new headquarters office complex thereby terminating the sojourn of the council members in headquarters of Ghana National Office.

In his speech, he recalled that the West African Examination council (WAEC) expanded its consultancy services and also demonstrated the capacity for more functions and responsibilities in all its offices. He also said that member governments created new examinations techniques and assigned their conduct to the council. The council’s introduced the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to some neighboring non-WAEC member countries like the Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo ,Guinea, and Mali.

He added that during the five years of his tenure as the deputy Registrar of West African Examination Council (WAEC), the government of Liberia adopted the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) in 2018, thereby phasing out the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE). The council, however extended the conduct of the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) for private aspirants until 2019 to provide a further opportunity for the examination.

 

The council introduced West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for private candidates thereby introducing a facility for admitting candidates unable to enroll for registration within the given period in order to satisfy the educational aspirations of stakeholders in the member-countries.

The Registrar added that during his tenure, the council created the Attestation of Results, which is also as good as the original result in order to solve the problems faced by former WAEC candidates whose original certificates are missing or destroyed.

He admitted that during his tenure, the council paid more attention to the issue of examination leakage and it was resolved.

The registrar revealed that examination malpractice has remained a major challenge to accurate assessment of skills of candidates in educational system. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) organized steps to address the issues of examination malpractice by holding a stake holders meeting in the sector to discuss the various consequences of malpractice on individuals. Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Charles Eguridu revealed that “Examination are meant to separate good students from poor ones”, regretted that students, parents, teachers, principals and school owners collide to defeat theses purpose, as students go as far as deploying modern technologies like wristwatches that can send messages, text through WhatsApp and candidates come in with them to exchange answers. In order to stop the malpractice council introduced the use of different technology in its operations and activities to help build security around the examination materials and conduct. Also various gadgets and software were introduced to aid identification of candidates, capturing of data and detection of irregularities at examination centers.

He also revealed that during his tenure, Constrained papers were introduced to stifle cheating during the examinations. During these period, the council reduced the processing of West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for candidates from an average of 84 days to 45 days.

 

Other achievements he mentioned include;

·        The improvement of staff welfare and motivation.

·        Sustained the use of paperless meetings with the preparation and circulation of electronic files for all committee and staff meetings throughout the member countries.

·         The Implementation of the Tele-conferencing project.

·        The construction works on various development projects were undertaken by the office.

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