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RULES AND REGULATIONS BY THE COUNCIL

THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL, ACCRA

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR DEALING WITH CASES OF
IRREGULARITY AT THE COUNCIL’S EXAMINATIONS

(EFFECTIVE: WASSCE 2016 ONWARDS)

BRINGING IN FOREIGN MATERIAL

(1) Where a candidate is found in the examination hall with notes, textbooks, prepared materials or any other printed materials, the candidate’s entire results in the examination shall be withheld pending the cancellation of result of the subject involved by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(2) Where a candidate is found in the examination hall with a blank piece of paper or any other material not covered under 1(1) above, (except mobile phone or any electronic communication device) the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending the cancellation of the subject involved by the appointment committee of Council.

(3) Where a candidate is found with a programmable calculator in the examination hall, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending the cancellation of the result of the subject involved.

(4) Where a candidate is found with a mobile phone or any other electronic communication device in the examination hall, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending the cancellation of his/her entire results by the appropriate Committee of Council.

IRREGULAR ACTIVITIES INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE EXAMINATION HALL

(1) Where a candidate is apprehended for offence(s) such as those listed below inside or outside the examination hall, the candidate’s result in the entire examination shall be withheld pending cancellation of the entire results by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(a) Stealing, covering or misappropriating the script(s) of other candidates

(b) Substituting worked scripts during or after the examination

(c) Seeking or receiving help from non-candidate(s) such as Invigilator(s), Supervisor(s), Teacher(s) or other personalities during the examination.

(2) Where the person giving help is not a candidate for the examination in session but a prospective candidate, he/she shall be barred from taking any examination conducted by the Council for one year and will also be reported to the appropriate authority for disciplinary action to be taken against him/her. In addition to the

above action, the candidate’s entire results shall be withheld pending cancellation
by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(3) Where a candidate is apprehended for offence(s) such as those listed below inside or outside the examination hall, the candidate’s entire results shal l be withheld pending cancellation of the results of the subject by involved the appropriate Committee of Council.

(a) Tearing part of the question paper or answer booklet during the examination;
(b) Refusing to submit worked scripts to the Supervisor after the examination; (c) Starting to write an examination before commencement of work is
officially announced OR continuing to write after official orders have been given for candidates to stop work;

(d) Other irregular activities within the immediate precincts of the examination hall before, during or after the examination;

COLLUSION

(1) Where a candidate is caught during the examination passing notes for help from other candidate(s), receiving or giving assistance, talking with or colluding in any manner with another candidate(s), the entire results of the candidate(s) involved shall be withheld pending the cancellation of his/her/their result(s’) for the subject involved by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(2) Where cases of cheating are detected in script(s) and/or otherwise established in one paper, the result of the subject for the candidate(s) involved shall be cancelled.

Where a candidate is proved to have cheated in more than one paper/subject, his/her results in those subjects shall be cancelled.

IMPERSONATION

Where a person is caught impersonating a candidate, he/she shall be handed over to the police for prosecution. The entire results of the person being impersonated and those of the impersonator, if he/she is also a candidate for any WAEC examination, shall be withheld pending cancellation by the appropriate Committee of Council.

Both the impersonator and the impersonated shall be barred from taking any examination conducted by the Council for a period of not less than two years.

The Council also reserves the right to publish the names of persons so barred.

LEAKAGE

(1) Where cases of leakage are established at a centre, the entire results of the candidates offering the subject(s) involved at the centre shall be withheld.

(2) Candidates proved to have been involved in the leakage shall have their entire results cancelled by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(3) Where it is established that the school authorities condoned, connived at, and/or encouraged the leakage, the entire results of all candidates at the centre shall be withheld pending cancellation of the entire results by the appropriate Committee of Council. In addition, the school should be de-recognised in accordance with Rule 6 below.

 

MASS CHEATING

(1) Where more than half of the candidates for a subject at a centre are involved in collusion or other forms of examination malpractice, this shall be regarded as mass cheating.

(2) Where mass cheating in a subject at a centre is established, the entire results of the candidates at the centre shall be withheld pending cancellation of the results of the subject for those confirmed to have cheated.

(3) Where mass cheating has been established the following shall apply:

In cases of schools, a report shall be made to the Ministry of Education or the appropriate Board for disciplinary action to be taken against the person(s) responsible and the School shall be de-recognised for a period not less than one year.

In the case of public centres, the Council shall take appropriate action.

(4) A school shall be de-recognised for a stated period if mass cheating is established in more than one paper/subject. The appropriate Committee of Council is satisfied that the school cannot ensure the satisfactory conduct of the Council’s examination.

(5) De-recognition implies that the school authority can no longer organise or manage the school as a school centre, although the Council or its agent may use the physical facilities of the school for the purpose of the examinations. The School may be allowed to present its students as School Candidates, but the conduct of the whole examination (Practical and theory) shall be the responsibility of Council.

The School concerned shall pay prescribed extra fees as extra for the supervision and invigilation of the examination before the examination begins.

(6) Notwithstanding items (6)(3)(a) and 6(4) above, recognition may be restored upon a written assurance from the administering authority of the school that the necessary requirement has been satisfied. Such assurance shall contain details of measures being taken to ensure the satisfactory conduct of the examination, and those which shall be put in place, subject to acceptance by the Council. Recognition, however, will only be restored after at least one year of de- recognition.

 INSULT/ASSAULT ON SUPERVISORS/INVIGILATORS/INSPECTORS

(1) Where a candidate insults or assaults a Supervisor/Invigilator in the lawful performance of hi/her duties inside or outside the examination hall, or in any other way disturbs the conduct of the examination, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending cancellation of the entire results by the appropriate Committee of Council. The candidate shall also be barred from taking any examination conducted by the Council for a period of not less than two years. In addition, he/she may be handed over to the police for prosecution.

(2) Where a candidate brings into the examination hall or uses anything including chemical substance with intent to cause injury, temporary or permanent incapacity to any authorized person in the examination hall including other candidates, the results of the candidate shall be withheld pending the cancellation of the entire results by the appropriate Committee of Council. In addition, the candidate shall be barred for a period of not less than two years from taking any examination conducted by the Council.

(3) Contravention of Rule 7(1) and 7(2) shall not preclude legal action being taken against the candidate by the Council or the individual(s) concerned.

CONTRAVENTION OF INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

(1) Where a candidate, in contravention of the instructions to candidates, writes with pencil instead of ink or shades with ink instead of pencil, his/her entire results shall be withheld pending cancellation of his/her results for the subject concerned by the appropriate Committee of Council.

(2) Where a candidate fails to complete the cover page of his/her answer booklet as specified in the instructions, his/her entire results shall be withheld pending cancellation of his/her results for the subject concerned by the appropriate Committee of Council.

MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS

Where a candidate is involved in multiple registrations for the same diet of examination, his/her entire results shall be withheld pending cancellation of his/her entire results by the appropriate Committee of the Council.

NEW CASES

As a new cases arise which are covered by the above rules, the appropriate Committee ofCouncil shall take necessary action.

REVIEW

These rules shall be subject to review as and when necessary.