Must Read: WAEC Rules on Mass Cheating Among Candidates in the Examination Halls and Centres

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
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(1) Where more than half of the candidates for a subject at a centre are involved in collusion or other forms of examination malpractice, this shall be regarded as mass cheating.

(2) Where mass cheating in a subject at a centre is established, the entire results of the candidates at the centre shall be withheld pending cancellation of the results of the subject for those confirmed to have cheated.

(3) Where mass cheating has been established the following shall apply:

In cases of schools, a report shall be made to the Ministry of Education or the appropriate Board for disciplinary action to be taken against the person(s) responsible and the School shall be de-recognised for a period not less than one year.

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In the case of public centres, the Council shall take appropriate action.

(4) A school shall be de-recognised for a stated period if mass cheating is established in more than one paper/subject. The appropriate Committee of Council is satisfied that the school cannot ensure the satisfactory conduct of the Council’s examination.

(5) De-recognition implies that the school authority can no longer organise or manage the school as a school centre, although the Council or its agent may use the physical facilities of the school for the purpose of the examinations. The School may be allowed to present its students as School Candidates, but the conduct of the whole examination (Practical and theory) shall be the responsibility of Council.

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The School concerned shall pay prescribed extra fees as extra for the supervision and invigilation of the examination before the examination begins.

(6) Notwithstanding items (6)(3)(a) and 6(4) above, recognition may be restored upon a written assurance from the administering authority of the school that the necessary requirement has been satisfied. Such assurance shall contain details of measures being taken to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the examination and those which shall be put in place, subject to acceptance by the Council. Recognition, however, will only be restored after at least one year of de- recognition.