With the upsurge in crises created by COVID-19, it remains unclear whether the West African Examination Council (WAEC) annual exams will be held in the country any time soon.
However, tackling examination malpractice has been a major concern for both WAEC and JAMB exam bodies, and I'm of the opinion that the present physical and social distancing rule in the country could be used to limit examination malpractice
Over the years, JAMB had come up with different strategies to combat cheating during it's examination. Back in 2008, scanning machines were introduced to check each candidate and expose those who carry electronic devices into the exam venue
More efforts to curtail malpractice came with the introduction of paper types and Computer-Based Technology (CBT) along the line, still some candidates and institutions have found other ways of cheating such as through impersonation.
JAMB introduced new measures (although yet to be implemented) to tackle malpractice which include the use of a biometric machine to check finger prints of every candidate and before commencement of exam, and also a possible collaboration with National Identity Management Council (NIMC) tapping into every candidate's data base thereby making impersonation possible.
For this to be possible, every prospecting candidate must register under the NIMC before the next exam as reports have it. However, proper distancing with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 could also be very effective in tackling malpractice.
Amidst many measures already applied, these exam bodies will need a fully efficient strategy to combat cheating during examination, and the congestion witnessed during exams as a result of insufficient space in the examination venue encourages candidates to cheat without being caught.
The physical distancing rule that necessitates proper spacing between examination candidates making it possible for external supervisors and other invigilators to properly monitor the candidates during exams. This will consciously or unconsciously aid in the fight against malpractice.
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