The Registrar, West African Examination Council (WAEC) Dr Iyi Uwadiae, has raised alarm that some private candidates writing its examinations have devised notorious acts of drugging supervisors while some even bring guns to examinations halls.
Uwadiae raised the alarm at a briefing in Lagos to announce the convocation of an international summit on examination malpractice between October 19 and 20, 2017.
According to Uwadiae, while the examination body will not be requesting permission from government to arm its personnel, it has nonetheless become expedient to cry out to let the populace understand the danger the examination body and its supervisors are facing from candidates who are hell bent in perpetrating examination malpractices.
“The menace of examination malpractices has taken a new dimension because the lives of our WAEC staff and supervisors are now being threatened. It is like the case of custom officers who were being killed by smugglers and the government had to order its officers to start carrying guns.
“In our own case, we won’t asked that our staff be armed with guns but we must make it known to the world that some of the private candidates writing our exams now bring guns to the examination halls while some even drugged the drinks given to their supervisors,” Uwadiae said.