Top 3 WAEC Expo Scandals That Have Happened In Nigeria

The West African Examination Council has warned students sitting for the 2020 SSCE to ignore the mathematics question paper circulating in social media.

It described the question paper as fake, saying it is the handiwork of scammers seeking to deceive and cheat their victims.

But, there have been some concerns about the efficiency of WAEC as a body to tackle examination  malpractices.

Therefore, as more than 1.5 million final year secondary school students in Nigeria start their WASSCE exams today, we bring you a quick flashback of top three (3) WAEC Expo scandals that have rocked the country.

1. Owosho Scandal:

The Owosho scandal became the first major WAEC expo episode in the country. It occurred in the1970s after an official leaked examination answer slips to students.

The leakage happened prior to the conduct of the exam. The embarrassment led to the cancellation of results in many examination centers.

The exams body further directed thousands of students to retake the exam with their juniors the following year.

2. EXPO ’77

In 1977, a much wider leakage of question papers and general malpractice occurred at at examination centers across the country.

Because of the nationwide spread of the scandal, Nigerians coined the street lingo ‘EXPO 77’. And it quickly became popular in Lagos, Onitsha, Benin and other major cities.

3. 1982 Mass Failure

By 1982, many parents and students raised the allegations that officials sold question papers to them before the conduct of exams.

To restore confidence in the examination body after the alleged malpractices, WAEC canceled examinations at hundreds of centers.

The decision affected both innocent and guilty students, causing nationwide mass failure.


WAEC is considered in some quarters as having failed to also keep a rigorous and challenging curriculum.

As of 2019, WAEC still offered students the option to study subjects like shorthand.

Secretaries used shorthand as a clerical technique in the 1950s. But, it has fallen out of style in the modern age of computers.

One may argue that the lack of an efficient examination body is one of the reasons why the performance of youths in West African countries pale in comparison to western and sub continental counterparts.

The fact that the syllabus still remains what it was when the organisation was first founded in 1952 is proof of the lack of an effective exam body.

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