The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has exposed some of the new ways which candidates use to perpetrate examination malpractice. It was discovered that students now take advantage of the smart technology devices to carry out their sinister operations in gaining unfair advantages when sitting for exams.
Speaking on ‘Technology and Examination Malpractice’ at the WAEC Summit in Lagos, Professor Jonas Redwood Sawyerr noted that students around the globe have devised series of malpractice through the use of technology.
He posited that in facing the challenges of Malpractice in Examinations, the fight against it should be at a national and regional level, given that it has a lot of international implications also.
He said: “Smartwatch, smart ring, spy earpiece Bluetooth, scientific calculator live chat, spy glasses, invisible watch, spy camera and smart earpiece/microphone are now being used.
“Others, include Bluetooth communication link to handset, smart contact lens, smart lenses and smart calculator among others.”
“Combating exams malpractices should be a national and regional concern and treated as emergency, giving its wider international implications.
“Laws that provide for both stiff monetary and custodial sentences should be enacted urgently.
“Institutional structures should be established such as a special exams fraud unit in the police.
“WAEC as an international body should continue investing in Information Technology, staff training and further innovation ways of stemming this practice thereby setting the pace for other examination bodies.
“All educational institutions should review their current examination procedure and develop robust policies with a view to stemming this practice. “