Following the recurring exam leaks in school certificate examinations, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has said that henceforth, headteachers whose schools engage in exam malpractices would be sacked. The GES which is fighting tooth and nail to control the abhorred practice, gave this decree to urge school headmasters to step up their surveillance. It has been made clear by the service that no one would be spared if his school is found culpable in any way.
Persistent Exam Leaks
In recent times, there have been massive reports of exam leakage in WASSCE as well as Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE). The most recent is that which happened in Greater Accra and Eastern Regions where some students in some schools in the regions, gained access to the examination questions between 12:00 midnight and 4:00 a.m on the day the papers were written.
Exam papers including Oral English, Integrated Science paper and Social Studies, leaked and the students distributed the questions among themselves via social media. There were also pictures on social media showing students copying answers.
The Director-General of the GES, Jacob Kor, who addressed a news conference in Kumasi gave his word that the service will do all it can to curb exam leaks. Also, at the press conference, he sent out a strong warning to headteachers saying they would lose their positions should any of their students be found culpable. More so, unfortunate headteachers would still have questions to answer even after being sacked.
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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has served notice that the leaked papers would not be cancelled despite calls from different people for the cancellation. A statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, WAEC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs said the remaining papers would be taken as scheduled and investigations will continue and persons found culpable will be appropriately sanctioned.”
Some Teachers Unions like NAGRAT have suggested that the WASSCE should be scrapped and government should organize it’s own exams so as to have better surveillance of the process and control exam leaks.