The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has cautioned candidates who are writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) against fraudsters who are misleading students by claiming that they have live examination questions to sell to students.
The Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mr Demianus Ojijeogu gave the warning in a statement while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
He revealed that the attention of the council had been drawn to the recent activities of fraudsters online who are misleading candidates who are desperate to pass the ongoing examination by selling to them fake questions which are irrelevant.
Mr Ojijeogu disclosed that the questions are being posted through some social media platforms by the fraudsters claiming that “they are the papers to be written by candidates.
Below is an extract of his statement;
“The attention of WAEC has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters that are capable of jeopardising the performance of gullible candidates in the ongoing WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-Second Series in Nigeria.
“The council has observed with dismay that past questions are being posted via WhatsApp and criminal websites by fraudulent individuals, which they claim are that of yet to be written papers.
“For instance, the question paper for Principles of Cost Accounting that was written in Sierra Leone and Gambia on Thursday (today) is being circulated by these criminally-minded elements.
“ The paper is circulated for candidates in Nigeria as Financial Accounting, slated for tomorrow (Friday).
“The success of our candidates is our major concern and the council wishes to advise all candidates not to fall prey to these fraudsters but rather concentrate on their studies.’’
He further explained that WAEC has taken serious steps to ensure that none of the questions to be answered in the examination will leak and as such candidates writing the examination should focus on studying hard to pass the examination rather than seeking for means to obtain fake live questions.
He concluded by adding that WAEC will not hesitate to deal with any student discovered to have engaged in any form of examination malpractice in the course of the ongoing examination.