The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it will do everything possible to stop special centers also known as ‘Miracle Centers’ for its examinations in the country.
Mrs Eucharia Onodu, Deputy Registrar/Zonal Coordinator, WAEC in Enugu State made the vow in Enugu on Thursday at a stakeholders round table on how to end examination malpractice during West African School Certificate Examination and the National Examination Council (NECO).
Onodu said the council had put in a lot of measures to curb the menace in their examinations.
“We use unique Continuous Assessment of Candidates to identify candidates during exam registration.“Miracle centres are not the making of WAEC and we are working seriously to stop it.
“WAEC does not register any candidate without the approval from the Ministry of Education.
“We have data of all the schools and if a school is coming for registration, we make sure the ministry of education endorses it,” she said.
The zonal coordinator reiterated that the council would sanction any school suspected of foul play and would stop excess registration and migration of candidates.
She added that when the examination was on, WAEC officers would monitor and inspect centres and encouraged their supervisors to report cheating.
Meanwhile, GWG had earlier reported that the examination body said that the National Identification Number (NIN) would become mandatory for registration for its school certificate examination from 2022.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, made this known at a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos.
The WAEC boss said that the NIN would become a major requirement for registration for WASSCE for school candidates with effect from 2022 and subsequent diets.
”It will be No NIN, no entry,” he stated.
According to Areghan, this means that all WAEC prospective candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and get their NIN.
He noted that the development was in line with the Federal Government’s policy as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
He said that plans had been concluded for the smooth conduct of this year’s WASSCE for school candidates which would start on Monday nationwide.