BNI to Henceforth Escort Examination Papers to Prevent Leaks – GES


The incessant leakage of exam papers, especially that of WASSCE and BECE papers has become a serious issue of concern which the government will never tolerate any longer.

The Ghana Education Service (GES), has therefore disclosed their plans on how to keep exam papers safe from leak fraudsters henceforth.

According to reports, the GES has revealed that personnel of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), will from now onwards accompany West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) officials in the distribution of examinations papers.

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This practice they said, will kick off with immediate effect in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), scheduled for June 13-17, 2016.

Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday [Thursday], the Director General of the GES, Jacob Kor, said the move forms part of its measures to forestall examination leaks.

He indicated that arrangements have been concluded with the Ghana Police Service and the Bureau of National Investigations to help provide effective security and quality control monitoring mechanisms throughout the period of the examinations.

He added that right from the time the question papers are carried from the depot, there is going to be BNI personnel accompanying the BECE papers.

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The GES Director General also stated that, all regional and district directors of GES, will be saddled with the task of monitoring as well as giving regular updates of activities that are happening under their jurisdiction to the Ghana Education Service headquarters.

The Ghana Education service had threatened to sack all teachers indicted in the exam paper leakage scam. That was during the last WASSCE where about 4 exam papers leaked on social media.

However, that never appeared to be an immediate or practical solution to the problem. The GES therefore came up with the plan of printing the exam papers outside the country, and conveying them by air to the various examination centres. This had already been put into practice as WAEC flew examination question papers to some regions in the just ended West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), following the widespread leakages. The council precisely, flew papers to Tamale in the Northern Region, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region papers and Takoradi in the Western Region.

According to the GES, these strict measures are being put in place to ensure a leak-free BECE this year. Results of about 6,812 basic education pupils were also withheld after the 2015 BECE pending investigations on alleged malpractices.

It is hoped that if all these measures are properly implemented, the security level and safety of the BECE papers would be ensured with the possibility of paper leaks almost eliminated.