25 former candidates who sat for either the school or private examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) have returned their results, confessing that they were achieved fraudulently.
Sunday Sun reports that the former candidates, now born again, approached the examination council through letters and personal visits, confessing the various illegal means through which they acquired their certificates when they wrote the examinations at various periods.
The council, according to a senior officer, wrote to the candidates, explaining what they were expected to return the certificates in accordance with the regulations guiding the conduct of the examinations.
Those who complied with the directive returned their certificates to various WAEC offices nation wide, and the council took their cases to the Nigeria Examinations Committee, which met recently in Lagos and cancelled the returned 25 certificates.
A former principal and now proprietor of Royal Academy International, Oshodi, Mr. Olatunji Ogunmode, commended the candidates for seeking restitution after many years of acquiring the certificates, and urged several others to obey the Biblical command. Ogunmode warned other candidates in future WAEC exams to stay clear of examination malpractices, noting that if they were not caught in the classroom for exam fraud, nemesis would certainly catch up with them, no matter how long it takes.
Pastor Miracle Wisdom said the 25 former WAEC candidates by returning the certificates they acquired wrongly are obeying the Christian doctrine by seeking for restitution, and that no matter how long it took them to come forward, their past sins are forgiven. Wisdom was however silent on what happens to higher certificates the 25 candidates used the WAEC certificates to acquire, nothing “the most important thing is that they came forward to admit how they passed their exams. It is a welcome development, it would make others not to engage in exam fraud.’’
The pastor said there are several verses in the Bible to support restitution which conform to what the 25 born again Christians did by confessing their sins and seeking for restitution from WAEC. John 1:9 says ‘’If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’’. While Number 5:6-7 says ’’When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the Lord, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess his sin that he has committed.[a] And he shall make full restitution for his wrong.’