…sets up investigating panel
By Favour Nnabugwu
West African Examination Council,WAEC, Friday, admitted that the two versions of the 2011 May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, SSCE, results on its website, was as a result of human error. The organisation, however, said it has set up a panel to investigate the problem.
Head of WAEC, Dr Iyi Uwadiae who addressed the media at the Ministry of Education, in Abuja, confessed that the two results in circulation was due to an error originating from the council, but insisted that the August 10, 2011 result remained WAEC ‘s authentic and certified results for candidates who wrote the May/June examination.
Uwadiae, who was summoned by the Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike said, “It was not an issue of a hacker, neither is it an issue of a WAEC staff trying to upgrade the score of a particular candidate. What happened cuts across.”
According to him, “We admitted to the nation that there was a human error. There was actually two versions of the result. We also told the public and our numerous stakeholders that immediately we detected the error, we quickly went back to the correct file, that is presently on our website, posted on August 10, 2011 and updated it with the authentic result”
“I discovered there was a problem when we were updating, during subsequent uploading, caused by somebody yet to be identified. I am saying somebody yet to be identified because a panel is investigating it right now”.
“We want to know what happened between the time the quality control did their work on the authentic result and the time the one that was not quality checked was uploaded on the website”
He reiterated, “We have to know what happened, whether it was a programme error or a system failure or it was as a result of incompetence or as a result of derision of duty. We want to know at what point the other person who picked the non-quality checked/ unedited file and uploaded it”
He further said that the investigating panel is expected to submit its report latest Tuesday, next week, according to him, “Hopefully, by Monday or Tuesday latest, the report will get to me and I will forward the report with recommendations to the Chairman who will discuss it with other members of the board”
The WAEC boss, however appealed to candidates, parents and guardians to disregard the results posted on its website , on August 26, 2011 saying,” the version originally posted on the website on August 10, 2011 is the authentic result.”
Speaking earlier, the Minister of State, Mr. Nyesom Wike directed the organisation body to ensure that the council sends the original and certified result to all the universities to avoid untold hitches that the other version could cause.