The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it has identified 56 rogue website operators involved in examination malpractice since the start of its ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates.
The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the council, Patrick Areghan, disclosed this on the sidelines of a monitoring exercise he carried out in some schools in Lagos on Thursday.
He also said that no fewer than 20 school officials, allegedly aiding and abetting examination malpractices, had so far been arrested and handed over to the Police.
“There have been issues like candidates copying in the examination hall, some examiners dictating or writing on the chalkboard for candidates, smuggling materials in and out of the hall and other forms of collusion.
“But, most worrisome too, is the issue of rogue websites.
“The materials that candidates see on these rogue websites are all fake, as most times, the operators resort to photoshopping.
“They can just superimpose 2023 on top of a paper of 2020 and use it to deceive them.
“By the time they get to the examination hall, they become blank, as everything will become strange to them,” he said.
Areghan said that the council had compiled the number of arrests made all over the country so far and would ensure justice was served.