Ghana: Concerns over examination malpractices reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Just as students in second cycle schools started writing the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) papers on Monday in Ghana, the media have been flooded with reports of examination malpractices that threaten the credibility of the examination.

The reports spoke of arrests while there were photographs of students writing possible answers on their thighs.

The leakage of WAEC papers at both the basic and secondary schools has become an annual ritual which is of great worry to WAEC, the government, schools, parents and the public.

“3 SSCE papers leak,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic newspaper which reported that the recurring leak of WAEC examination papers was far from over as three of the papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had leaked.

The newspaper said that some students in some schools in the Greater Accra and the Eastern regions had access to the examination papers between midnight and 0400 GMT on the day the papers were written, adding that Oral English, Integrated Science and Social Studies papers had leaked.

The newspaper said there were also pictures on social media showing students copying answers on their thighs.

The newspaper said WAEC sources had confirmed that some officials had received reports about the leaked questions, probably from the hinterlands where the papers had been dispatched earlier and investigations were under way.

The Graphic had another story under the headline, “We won’t cancel leaked papers – WAEC” which said WAEC would not cancel papers that had leaked in the ongoing WASSCE.

The remaining papers will also be taken as scheduled, as the Council opens investigations into another scandal that compromises the integrity of the examination.

“The investigations will continue and persons found culpable will be sanctioned as appropriate,” a statement signed by the Council’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, said.

WAEC said that before the papers were issued from the depots, it had detected a number of different versions of the questions in circulation but found them to be fake.

“It was, however, detected that some authentic questions went into circulation after the papers were released to the examination centres.

“The council suspects that this foreknowledge was perpetrated through the connivance of some persons engaged for the conduct of the examination and their agents,” it said.

Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama has expressed disappointment at WAEC for the examination leaks and instructed the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to team up with the examination body to track the sources of the leaks and bring the perpetrators to book.

He said it was unacceptable that after preparing adequately for their examinations, students would be confronted with examination leaks and suffer the accompanying inconveniences.

President Mahama expressed concern that in spite of the promise to undertake reforms following last year's massive leaks in the WASSCE, it had done nothing about the situation.

He said it was time WAEC put its house in order to stop the perennial examination leaks.

The President said although the government was not expected to interfere in the activities of WAEC, it would not sit down for lapses on the part of the examination body to ruin the future of Ghanaian students.
-0- PANA MA 9April2016

09 april 2016 08:57:06

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