The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) reiterated that all results that were withheld in its exams were due to purported malpractice.
This was said in an interview given by Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of the National Office, on Thursday in Lagos.
He was speaking in response to media reports that claimed the council had withheld the results of candidates purportedly for the 2022 WASSCE on purpose.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports in some quarters of how the council was deliberately withholding results of candidates from some states in the country.”
“This, I will say, is wicked, malicious, misleading and a calculated attempt to drag the name of the council into the mud or disrepute. It is utter ignorance.
“For emphasis, any candidate that has his or her result withheld is as a result of alleged examination malpractice.
“After necessary investigations of all alleged examination malpractice cases, innocent candidates will have their results released, while the guilty ones will have that subject or entire results cancelled.”
“This will be as directed by the Nigeria Examinations Committee,” the WAEC boss stated.
According to him, the examination body was willing and ready to maintain cordial relationships with all its stakeholders.
“We have our evidence though and anyone in doubt can approach us. We are always ready to present our side, anywhere we are called upon to do.
“We stand by our rules and regulations. We will always apply the same set of laws all over the country, no matter what it takes or who is involved.
“We will never apply different sets of laws to different states in the country, or give any preferential treatment to any candidate, school, or state for that matter.”
“We will continue to contribute our quota to national development by delivering quality services, in a bid to sanitise the system,” Areghan added.