Over 10,00 students register to buy leaked WASSCE 2020 questions and solutions. WAEC has been leaking like a poorly roofed building since time immemorial and nothing seems to be good enough to block the loopholes. Cheating in exams and selling exams questions with answers to students has become a lucrative business.
WAEC is on record to have indicated that, Nigeria tops in cases of exams malpractice. Ghana will surely place second in this crime among the five-member countries of the West African Examinations Council.
We will not be far from right to say WAEC and its officers are to be blamed for the 99% of the examination leakages because, the rest of the actors in the chain do not work with the examining body. If no one within the council leaks a single paper, no one within the population will ever get access.
Per our findings online over 10,000 students have registered to buy leaked WASSCE 2020 questions and solutions from dealers. Moderators or administrators of these platforms brainwash students to believe that, it is only getting access to leaked questions and solutions that can guarantee success. Well crafted words posted daily will make people fall for it however, they seem to have connections within WAEC who are the mafias hiding behind the scene.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not only delay the examination written in five English speaking countries in West Africa but has also created fear and panic among candidates who have been stressed by the last-minute calling off of the exams.
To help them pass the exams should it be written, candidates have opted for what looks like the easy way out by joining exams leaking platform on social media in Ghana and Nigeria. The magnitude of leakage that is likely to hit the exams may lead to re-seating some papers.
In the research titled “Examination Malpractice in Nigeria: Causes and Effects on National Development” Onyibe et al. (2015) argued that there is no political will to implement examination malpractice laws. It cited the case of Nigeria where Act 33 of 1999 has failed to bite, creating an attractive fertile land for exams cheating. Hence the illegal practice has not only increased in Nigeria and Ghana but has created jobs for persons within the WAEC with their affiliates outside using social media.
At best WAEC will only come out to say it is illegal without making efforts to clamp down on such. Years of imprisonment of not less than 20 years for offenders has been proposed to be enforced to the latter in the case of Nigeria as a punishment tough enough to help kill the canker
The unquenchable quest for academic decorations (certificates) even if one performs poorly academically has been identified as one key factor that pushes candidates to seek for help to engage in exams malpractices (Oko & Adie, 2016).
These researchers placed emphasis on the wrong value system as contributors to the evil. This has shifted the focus of students from seeking knowledge and skills because, no one wants to know what you can do after school but the certificate you have and the grades on the face of it.
Laziness of many students who are preoccupied with lust, desire for material things has made many students have very poor preparation ahead of exams. Many are never serious about their education because they do not appreciate its importance in life. For many, education is no longer the key to success in life because politicians have either locked the door to success or changed the lock altogether.
Poor school facilities coupled with “bad’ teachers and lack of self-confidence to dare students have also contributed to the mindset that, the only way to pass an exam is to cheat. Poor logistics handling and security and the lack of ethical officers make questions exit the WAEC offices.
Let us get ready to be flooded with leaked questions and answers for WASSCE 2020 whiles WAEC consoles itself that its security measures cannot be breached.
Source: Wisdom Hammond
Adie, R. I. Examination Malpractice: Causes, Effects and Possible Ways of Curbing the Menace. A Study of Cross River University of Technology.
Onyibe, C. O., Uma, U. U., & Ibina, E. (2015). Examination Malpractice in Nigeria: Causes and Effects on National Development. Journal of education and practice, 6(26), 12-17.