The Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr Iyi Uwadiae, has condemned the ignoble acts of some secondary schools nationwide of inflating Continuous Assessment Scores (CAS) of their students, thereby sending falsified/fake scores for grading.
Uwadiae complained that schools manufacture continuous assessment scores for students and send to the council as part of their grades for May/June WASSCE and he described the act as another form of examination malpractice that would be dealt with soon by the council.
The WAEC boss made these claims while he was speaking at the two-day international summit on examination malpractice held in Lagos with the theme “Examination malpractice: The contemporary realities and antidotes”
Disclosing the council’s efforts to combat the proliferation of fake scores, the Registrar said that WAEC has now developed a software for schools to send the continuous assessment scores of their students on annual basis, which would be stored in the database of the council.
He said: “Continuous assessment scores in many schools were manufactured for a very long time. WAEC has developed in-house software in our offices. Schools are expected to use it from SS1 and SS11. By this method, we will bring sanity about the CAS.
“Software to monitor CAS submission from schools is expensive. We hope the five government nominees on council will help in this direction. By the time the software is in use, it will bring to an end the manufacturing of CAS from schools.’’
Furthermore, the Registrar confirmed that WAEC Nigeria has developed customized calculator without chips, which will be used during the school and private candidate examinations as the council seek to counteract the danger Information and Communications Technology (ICT) poses to conduct of examinations.
“The customised calculator is given to candidates during registration; WAEC is the sole distributor of the calculators. From 2018, we want all candidates for our examinations to have it,” he explained.
The WAEC boss directed the five Heads of National Office (HNOs) present at the summit to ensure the calculators are put to use from the May/June 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).