DOS AND DON’T IN THE WASSCE
Oladiti Lateef Ayeni BSc. Accounting, NIM
The regulation is meant to guide candidates for the examination. Candidates are expected to acquaint themselves thoroughly with the regulation since they form the basis for taking the examination.
The examination will be administered to school candidates who have gone through the course of study in the Senior Secondary Schools. The examination will teat the extent to which candidates have covered the materials contained in teaching curricula approved by the Ministry of Education of the member country.
- General regulation for the examination
Entry for the examination
- School candidates: The May/ June West African Senior School Certificate Examination will be administered to candidates who have completed their course of study at the Senior Secondary School level. It is open to all schools which are duly recognized
- Results list will be sent to Heads of schools as soon as possible after the examination. The results list will show the result in the examination as a whole for each school and will also indicate the standard reach in each subject taken by each candidate presented unless the results of particular candidates have been withheld or cancelled.
- Candidates may access their individual statements of result from the internet after paying the appropriate fees. The address of the website will be made known to the candidate
- Certificates will be awarded soon after the release of results
- Certificates remains property of the council and legal proceedings will be instituted against any person who alters anything on them
- Examination script will be disposed three months after release of results
Conduct of candidate in the examination hall
- Supervision of the examination
- The examination shall be under the control of the supervisor who shall be responsible to the council for the proper conduct of the examination
- The supervisor will be required to carry on the detailed instructions on the conduct of the examination at the centre that will be assigned to him/her. These will relate to the admission of candidates into the examination halls, the distribution of examination question papers to candidates, the collection of scripts at the end of each period and their dispatch to the council in accordance with the council’s directives and the maintenance of constant and effective supervision over the candidates.
- It is the duty of a supervisor to report to the council all cases of irregularity or misconduct in the examination. The report must be written immediately the candidate is caught in such irregularity or misconduct.
- A candidate whose examination work is affected by adverse circumstances should inform the supervisor at the centre at which he/she takes the examination. Where the candidate falls ill and cannot take the examination in some papers, he/she must supply the supervisor with a medical certificate to that effect, which should be forwarded to the council together with the appropriate special report on the candidate which the supervisor completed.
- The council may at any time, send an external supervisor to a school or centre to take control of the examination, or may send an officer or inspector to a school or centre during the examination to verify if it is being conducted in strict accordance with the regulations.
- Instructions to candidates
- It is the responsibility of the supervisor to report to the council, all cases of irregularity, misconduct or acts which contravene the rules governing proper conduct of the examination
- Candidates must obey all instructions given by the supervisors and invigilators. In particular, they must enter and leave the hall when told to do so
- Candidates must not give or receive any assistance in answering the examination questions
- Candidates must not talk to other candidates inside the examination hall
- Candidate must not tear part of their question papers and answer sheets or answer booklets
- Candidates must stop work when they are told to do so and must always hand over their answer scripts or answer booklets personally to the supervisor/invigilator at the end of the examination
- Candidates must not remove any answer booklet or paper from the examination hall. Examination papers remain the property of the council
- In all cases of misconduct, the council may, after considering the report, cancel either the result of the candidate in the subject involved or his/her entire results
- Candidates should not bring any book, mobile phone, or other electronic gadgets, piece of papers, bag or other property into the examination hall
- The council does not accept responsibility for such books, mobile phones, bags or other properties which candidates leave at the precincts of the examination hall
- Candidates may not be allowed into the examination hall after thirty minutes of the commencement of the examination
- Candidates should not leave the examination hall within thirty minutes of the commencement of the examination
- Rules and Regulations for Dealing with Cases of Irregularity at the Council’s Examinations
- Bringing in Foreign Materials
- Where a candidate commits an offence, such as bringing into the examination hall notes, textbooks, prepared materials or any other printed materials, the candidate’s entire results in an examination shall be withheld pending cancellation of the result of the relevant subjects by the appropriate committee of council.
- Where a candidate is found in the examination hall with a blank piece of paper or any other material not covered under 1(i) above, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending cancellation of the results of the subject involved by the appropriate committee of council
- Where candidate is found with a programmable calculator in the examination hall, the entire results of the candidate shall be withheld pending cancellation of the result of the subject involved
- Where candidate is found with a mobile phone or a mobile phone or nay other electronic communication device in the examination hall, the entire results of the candidates shall be withheld pending the cancellation of his/her entire results by the inappropriate committee of council
- Irregular Activities Inside or Outside the Examination Hall
- Where a candidate is apprehended for offences 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
- Stealing, converting or misappropriating the scripts of other candidates
- Substituting worked scripts during or after the examination
- Seeking or receiving help from non-candidates such as invigilators, supervisors, Teachers, or other personalities during the examination
- Where the person giving the help is not a candidate for the examination but a prospective candidate, she/he 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. In addition to the above action, the candidate’s entire results shall be cancelled
- Where a candidate is apprehended for offences such as those listed below inside or outside the examination hall, the candidate’s entire results shall be withheld pending cancellation of the result of the subjects involved by the appropriate committee of council
- Tearing parts of the question paper or answer booklet during the examination
- Refusing to submit worked scripts to the supervisor after the examination
- Other irregular activities within the immediate precincts of the examination hall before, during or after the examination
- Where a candidate starts writing an examination before commencement of work is officially announced or continues writing after official orders have been given for candidates to stop work
- Where a candidate is caught during the examination passing notes for help from other candidates, receiving or giving assistance, talking with or colluding with another candidate, the candidate’s entire results shall be withheld pending the appropriate committee of council.
- Where cases of cheating are detected in scripts and/or otherwise established in one paper, the result of the subject involved shall be cancelled.
- Where a candidate is proven to have cheated in more than one paper/subjects, his results in those subjects involved shall be cancelled
- 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 the examination shall be withheld pending cancellation of the entire results 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 reserves the right to publish the names of persons so barred
- Where cases of leakages are established in the centre/subject, the entire results of the candidates offering the subjects at the centre shall be withheld