WAEC DEPLOYS A NEW ELECTRONIC MEANS OF DETECTING EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE (COLLUSION CASES) IN OBJECTIVE TESTS

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1. INTRODUCTION

(1) Since it is not possible for WAEC inspectors to visit all schools/centres to inspect the
conduct of all examination papers, due to the geographical spread of examination centres
across the country, many malpractice cases such as collusion are perpetrated during
examinations.

(2) A high number of collusion cases are usually detected by examiners during the marking of
Essay Scripts.

(3) There are schools/centres where almost all the candidates score very high marks in objective
tests, but very low marks in the theory papers, and this has been of great concern to the
Council.

(4) Collusion cases in Objective Papers previously went undetected because of lack of known
technologies to detect malpractice in objective tests.

(5) A new software tool, Item Differential Profile, is now available to detect collusion cases in
objective tests.

2. DEPLOYMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL INSTRUMENT (ITEM DIFFERENTIAL
PROFILE) FOR THE DETECTION OF COLLUSION CASES IN OBJECTIVE TEST
WAEC through its commitment to combatting examination malpractice, consistent
innovation, deployment of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in its
operations, has deployed a software application for detecting cases of collusion
(malpractice) among candidates during the conduct of Objective tests.
The new technological solution is capable of detecting most of the collusion cases that take
place during the conduct of objective tests in WASSC examinations, and to report on the
candidates who were implicated, using the charge sheets, that are electronically generated
by the computer.
Candidates and other stakeholders are hereby informed about this new development, so
that they would be advised to desist from examination malpractice forthwith because
ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse for any reported breach. Please be guided
accordingly.

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