The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has revealed why Nigeria ranks high in incidences of exam malpractice when compared to other West African countries that write the examination.
Daily Post reports that Mr. Charles Eguride who is the head of the Nigerian office of WAEC said that 75% of the candidates that sat for the examination were Nigerians and it was unavoidable that the country had the highest number of malpractice incidents.
“Looking at this numbers you will find out that Nigeria constituted more than 75 percent of the total candidature of the exam and with this in mind you will see that the number of cheats in our exam undoubtedly will be higher than that of any other country,” he said.
He explained that the large number of malpractice should not be the focus but the comparative ratio of the candidates.
“When you have much people, the tendency is that you will have many more cheats in the examination, the comparative ratio of candidature to exam cheats is the way to look at it.”
Eguride explained that the examination council was working on curbing malpractice by introducing electronic gadgets that would eliminate impersonation.
“The device captures the biometric feature of every candidates and it also assist in verification of candidate’s identity to eliminate the acts of impersonation of candidates.
“It also records in real time the examination process in each centre and it is able to transmit by SMS any act of irregularity to our data base in Lagos,”
He said the technology would make Nigeria examination process more credible than that of other countries.
In a related development, WAEC revealed that it played a huge role in identifying the names of the secondary school students who were kidnapped in Chibok, Borno state over a year ago.