According to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), supervisors responsible for transporting exam materials to various examination centres have been implicated in assisting and promoting malpractice nationwide.
Mr Patrick Areghan, the Head of the National Office, Nigeria, disclosed this information on Thursday in Abuja while overseeing the examination process in several Government Secondary Schools.
As part of the monitoring activities, he identified 56 unauthorized website operators who leaked the content of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.
Areghan stated that the police would take appropriate legal action against the identified rogue website operators in the near future.
He said: “Some gullible parents and students will go for it and destroy themselves because there is no way they can get our questions,” he said.
“In all, we have made arrests of no fewer than 15 persons comprising candidates, supervisors, school proprietors, and others connected with the malpractices.
“Supervisors are our problems; they make a lot of money from this. The exam is taking place in over 21,000 secondary schools in Nigeria with only 2,000 staff strength; how many centres are we going to man?
“These supervisors are teachers given to us by state ministries of education, and when they come, they make it a business.
“We are not in control of social media, small boys post questions for advertisement and ask candidates to subscribe on their websites, and then they give them fake questions,” he added.
“We have a regulation to release papers to supervisors one hour before commencement time to enable them to go from the collection point to the administrative point because of distance in some schools.
“But what they do is to snap the question papers and send them to their syndicate groups.
“Candidates are already in the exam hall, and you are posting the questions. Sometimes, they change the front of the questions and add 2023 for exam questions of 2020,” he said.
The head of WAEC mentioned that the council has implemented advanced technology to detect any form of misconduct, regardless of its origin or location.