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WASSCE Results Released in Nigeria Sparks Mixed Reactions: An Insight into WAEC’s Anti-Malpractice Tactics and Efficient Grading Techniques

2023 WASSCE Results Released in Nigeria, Sparks Mixed Reactions: An Insight into WAEC’s Anti-Malpractice Tactics and Efficient Grading Techniques; “Out of a total of 1,613,733 candidates that sat for the examination, the results of 262,803 candidates are being withheld due to reports of cases of examination malpractice.”

This announcement from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) about the release of the 2023 WASSCE results has generated mixed reactions from parents and candidates. While some are pleased with their results and digital certificates, others are unhappy because their results have been withheld without a clear reason.

One common concern mentioned in the replies is the withholding of results due to alleged malpractice or rule violations.  It is implied that WAEC has strict measures in place to detect and penalize malpractices during the exam, including tracking any attempts to seek external assistance during the test.

Delay in payment of Examiners

There are also questions raised about the delay in payment of examiners who participated in the marking exercise. The examiners seek an explanation for this delay. How to Apply for WASSCE  Examiner and Check Subject Eligibility 

Additionally, some candidates’ results show that they are “indebted,” and they believe this could be due to their school owing WAEC fees, even though the school is a public school. These individuals are seeking clarification on why their results are affected by this issue.

Overall, the reactions to the released results are mixed. Some are satisfied, while others are questioning and seeking explanations for the withheld results and delayed payments.

Malpractice Tracking on your Script

WAEC (West African Examinations Council) is an examination body responsible for conducting and grading exams in several West African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. With the increasing cases of examination malpractice, WAEC has implemented various anti-malpractice tactics to ensure the integrity of their exams and promote fair grading techniques.

This insight will highlight some of these tactics and techniques.

WAEC withhold candidates results when they see any form of malpractice or disregard to their rules and regulations.

Not Writing your index number

Writing with pencil instead of Pen and many other rules.

You may not know this, WAEC has a way of tracking malpractices in many different ways.

When it comes to solving certain questions, your first answer maybe wrong but they mark the subsequent answers which may depend on the first one, even though your first answer is wrong your subsequent answers does not depend on a marking scheme but rather the answers you may have given earlier. If you should stop on the way to ask a friend in the examination room, you’ll be caught.


In Solving a graph work in science, you may be given some devices to make reading from, tabulate the results use the results to plot a graph.

In such questions here are the keys

Is the student able to read and record values, If yes then you must read and record the values, getting values very close to the one in the marking scheme with a margin of error of about plus or minus 0.1 or 0.2.

Conversion of values

Is the student able to use the scale provided to convert the values .If yes.

Then you must be able to convert the answers you have gotten by the scale given, here, your first answer may be wrong but if you are able to even convert  that wrong answer well, you are right. What is being measured here is your ability to convert.


Identifying a scale, you should be able to identify a reasonable scale and use it.

Labeling your axis well

Plotting the values, you should be able to plot the values you have gotten, not someone else’s values. Your reading may be wrong, but your values gotten must be plotted. Here, if a friend helps you in the exams hall or external person comes to help you, you’ll be caught. Your results will be  withheld.

Plotting is plotting, just plot the values you have gotten not someone else’s values.

It is advised that candidates revise the WASSCE rules to ensure compliance before taking the exam.

Revised Examination Rules for 2023 WASSCE

More on Insight into WAEC’s Anti-Malpractice Tactics and Efficient Grading Techniques

1. Stringent security measures: WAEC has established rigorous security measures to prevent leakage of exam papers before the examination. These measures include tight control over the printing and distribution of question papers to ensure their confidentiality and prevent unauthorized access.

2. Multiple question papers: To deter widespread cheating, WAEC prepares multiple versions of the same examination papers. These papers contain different questions but retain similar difficulty levels, ensuring fairness in the examination process.

3. Random allocation of answer booklets: During the examination, WAEC randomly allocates answer booklets to the candidates. This practice eliminates the possibility of candidates having prior access to specific answer sheets, reducing the chances of collusion or cheating.

4. External invigilation: WAEC involves external invigilators alongside school teachers to oversee the examination process. This ensures a neutral and objective environment, minimizing the potential for collusion between students and teachers.

5. Strict examination rules and regulations: WAEC strictly enforces rules and regulations during the examination. This includes measures such as no talking or communication among candidates, no use of unauthorized materials like smartphones, calculators, or textbooks, and strict time limits for each section of the exam. These rules help prevent exam malpractice and maintain the integrity of the examination process.


6. Comprehensive monitoring and surveillance: WAEC employs a robust monitoring and surveillance system during the examination.

7. Post-exam audits: After the exams, WAEC conducts post-examination audits to identify any irregularities or suspicious activities. This may involve cross-checking answer scripts, comparing performances of schools or candidates, and investigating any anomalies that may indicate malpractice.

8. Efficient grading techniques: WAEC utilizes efficient grading techniques to ensure accurate and fair evaluation of candidates’ performance. This includes comprehensive marking schemes, standardization of marking processes across different examiners, and regular examiner training and moderation to maintain consistency in grading.

9. Result verification and investigation: In cases where there are suspicions of malpractice, WAEC conducts thorough investigations and verifications. This may involve comparing answer scripts, conducting interviews with candidates or invigilators, and evaluating any evidence or reports of malpractice. If identified, appropriate disciplinary actions are taken, including the cancellation of results and possible legal consequences.

Overall, these anti-malpractice tactics and efficient grading techniques employed by WAEC aim to uphold the integrity of the examination process, promote fair evaluation of candidates’ performance, and prevent any form of malpractice. Through these measures, WAEC strives to ensure that exam results accurately reflect the knowledge and abilities of the candidates, providing a level playing field for all.


2023 WASSCE Results Released in Nigeria, Sparks Mixed Reactions: An Insight into WAEC’s Anti-Malpractice Tactics and Efficient Grading Techniques;


Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me
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