By Dayo Adesulu
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, yesterday, during an international summit on examination malpractice in Lagos exposed various ways students have adopted to cheat.
Experts drawn across West Africa during the two-day summit did not only speak on examination malpractices, but also disclosed various ways to counter them.
Professor Jonas Redwood Sawyer, who spoke on technology and examination malpractice said students globally have devised series of examination malpractice through the use of technology.
He said: “Smart watch, smart ring, spy earpiece bluetooth, scientific calculator live chat, spy glasses, invisible watch, spy camera and smart earpiece/microphone are now being used.
“Others, include Bluetooth communication link to handset, smart contact lens, smart lenses and smart calculator among others.
In proffering solutions to exam malpractice, he said: “Combating exams malpractices should be a national and regional concern and treated as emergency, giving its wider international implications.
“Laws that provide for both stiff monetary and custodial sentences should be enacted urgently.
“Institutional structures should be established such as a special exams fraud unit in the police.
“WAEC as an international body should continue investing in Information Technology, staff training and further innovation ways of stemming this practice thereby setting the pace for other examination bodies.
“All educational institutions should review their current examination procedure and develop robust policies with a view to stemming this practice. “
Meanwhile, the current penalty that stipulates four-year jail term with no option of fine for anyone found guilty of examination malpractice may soon be replaced with a10-year jail term without an option of fine, said Mohammed Zakari, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services.
He posited that the current penalty of four years was not enough to discourage the perpetrators of examination malpractice.