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risk loss of degree certificates over WASSCE results

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Twenty-five former West African Examinations Council
(WAEC) candidates who had returned the certificates got
through examination malpractice to WAEC, may also forfeit
the degree certificates acquired through the WASCE results,
said WAEC.
Our investigations revealed that as soon as WAEC withdrew
and cancelled those certificates, the National Universities
Commission, NUC, National Board for Technical Education,
NBTE and National Commission for Colleges of Education,
NCE, were notified for appropriate action.
Speaking, yesterday, through a telephone conversation, a
senior staff of WAEC, who does not want his name in print
because he was not authorized to speak on the issue, said:
“Besides, the 25 WAEC candidates, who returned their
certificates due to their Christian faith, there were over 100
persons whose certificates were withdrawn.”
Implication: According to him, the implication of the
decision by the former WAEC candidates who had personally
reported their involvement in examination malpractice is to
forfeit any certificate or job got through the WASSCE results.
He, however noted that the discretion to withdraw their
degree, polytechnics or NCE certificates is left for their
institutions of higher learning to decide. ‘’Our stand has
been made known to them such that they cannot come to
WAEC office to verify their results for those years,’’ he
explained.
His words: ‘’The onus is on universities, polytechnics and
colleges of education, to withdraw their certificates if they
ever gained admissions to such institutions through the
cancelled results. Also, if the cancelled WAEC certificates
were part of their official credentials at the point of job
employment, their employers, if they so wish can take their
decisions.
“WAEC has no power to prosecute them for personally
reporting their involvement in examination malpractice,
except those who impersonated to collect other persons’
certificates. We can personally hand over such to the Police
for prosecution. All we could do in the case of those who
reported themselves was to withdraw their certificates and
notifies relevant education institutions.
“We have informed the National Universities Commission,
NUC, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE and
National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCE were
notified for appropriate action.’’
Reacting to this, a lecturer in Department of Science and
Education, Faculty of Education, Lagos State University, Dr
Shina Akintolure, urged the affected candidates to retake the
WAEC examinations, adding that it would reflect their true
performance without irregularities.
He said: “Good idea, it is a personal choice and they are
doing it for restitution. They can however take it a step
further by taking another set of WAEC exams that would
reflect their true performance without irregularities.” On his
part, a retired Director of Education in Lagos, Mr. Agbarakwe
Godwin posited that the results of the affected examination
centres should be canceled because candidates from those
cannot claim innocent.
He said: “If WAEC wants to be honest with itself, they should
look at the centre where those people did their examination
and cancel the certificates of that year. All of them in the
those centres are involved in cheating, cheating is never
isolated.
According to him, most private schools are involved in
cheating because they want to have high overall percentage,
so that students will continue to patronage them to remain
in business. He noted that those returning their certificates
are not realistic, adding that they were aware of themselves
when they did it, they are mere fanatics.
Cancelling of the certificates
Agbarakwe, however charged WAEC to go back to those
centres where these anomalies happened, and scrap them
from conducting exams because it simply means they are
fraudulent, it is not just about the individuals.” You will
recalled that WAEC had last week cancelled and withdrew
the certificates of 25 candidates who reported themselves to
had cheated during the examination.
Breakdown of the year the examinations were taken
revealed that the oldest certificates dates back to June 1980
with certificates dated 1986 for Nov/Dec with certificates nos
NGPO497232 and NGO 442267 and three obtained in 1989,
all for school examinations with certificates nos NGPO
1004584, NGPO 823128 and June West African Senior School
Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and eight sat for the Nov/
Dec WASSCE.

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