The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has identified the use of text message symbols as part of the “general weaknesses of candidates in the various subjects” of the Council’s examinations.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the weekend by the Public Affairs Officer of the Council, Mr Demianus Ojijeogu, after the 60th Meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee, the Council’s highest decision-making organ in Nigeria.

It said: “General weaknesses of candidates in the various subjects as outlined in the Reports include poor command of language, indiscriminate lifting of portions of set passages as answers and use of text message abbreviation “u” for “you” in English Language.”

According to the statement, “appropriate sanctions” were also recommended for candidates, schools and supervisors who were indicted in the various reports submitted to the Committee for consideration, in a bid to reduce the rate of examination malpractice:

“The Committee endorsed appropriate sanctions in all established cases of malpractice as prescribed by the Rules and Regulations governing the conduct of the Council’s examinations after diligent deliberations. It approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases, which attract cancellation of entire results (CER) be cancelled, while subject results of those involved in cases which attract cancellation of subject results (CSR) be similarly cancelled.”

Subjects in which the performance of candidates was said to be good included: Shorthand, Financial Accounting, Commerce, Typewriting, Storekeeping, Bookkeeping, Office Practice, Store Management and Physics 2.

The Committee’s 60th Meeting considered reports emanating from the conduct of November/December 2014 and May/June 2015 examinations.

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