West African Examination Council (WAEC) is the body that is charged with the responsibility of conducting, supervising and approving of credible external examination results to school going pupils in the country.

WAEC in one way or the other has been straying away from their responsibility, which is the mandate to conduct credible examinations for the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

There has been growing concerns of examination malpractices in the country over the years, for which many fingers have pointed and are still pointing at WAEC as being responsible for this state of affairs.

The West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination which is the final examination for the enrolment into university has now been marred with malpractices in a bid to secure requirement to universities.

This ugly situation is one which many Sierra Leoneans consider as one that is injurious to the educational system in the country.

Just few days ago, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) succeeded in exposing the rotten system of WAEC when the Commission confirmed that there is huge structural and agency loopholes at WAEC.

The Commission further stated that there is a syndicate of examination malpractice between some staff of the institution (WAEC) and pupils who write exams.

“There is lapses in the scripts and examination management regime, weak controls in the script room, lack of proper records in respect of script movements and no proper records of issued scripts maintained the script room staff,” the Commission confirmed.

The Commission believed that the above mentioned loopholes create the enabling environment for corrupt staffs to perpetuate money making plans with desperate pupils, teachers and parents to carryout examination fraud.


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