The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has set out rules and regulations governing the 2013 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The council has therefore directed all heads of educational institutions, students and pupils as well as parents and guardians to study the rules and comply accordingly, as anyone who violates them will face the necessary sanctions.
A statement issued by WEAC said both senior and junior high school candidates should avoid any misconduct that could lead to cancelation of the examination results.
WAEC noted that insults to or assault of supervisors, invigilators and inspectors are serious crimes which could lead to the cancellation of the entire results, barring of a candidate from taking any examination conducted by the council for not less than two years, and prosecution.
Other offences include holding any foreign material, like chemical substances, in the examination hall with the intent to cause injury to any person in the hall.
The document also identified some common irregularities it abhors: namely collusion, impersonation, leakages or mass-cheating.
The WAEC said it had acquired new techniques to deal with anybody who attempts to indulge in any examination malpractices during this year.
It said: “Not only are we going to punish the culprits, but the results of the candidate (s) are going to be cancelled in addition to prosecution and possible imprisonment for years to come — no matter the background of the candidate.
“No room will be given to candidates for the availability of foreign materials and other irregular activities inside or outside the various examination halls.”
The council therefore advised candidates to adhere to all the rules governing this year’s examinations, and: “not to shade their objective answer-sheets in ink, but always remember to shade in pencil.
“Use ink in answering questions in the answer booklets unless otherwise required.
“Complete in full and in ink the cover pages of your answer booklets before you begin to answer the questions,” the document said.