President John Mahama has expressed gross disappointment on the West African Examination Council, WAEC, over the WASSCE Leaked Papers. The President reiterated the council’s assurance last year to introduce measures to help control the examination malpractices.
Mahama, while speaking at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) in Tarkwa to open a new hostel facility, said he is disappointed about the WASSCE Leaked Papers. He fumed at the fact that WAEC cannot curb recurring examination malpractices which impede the growth of Ghana’s education standard. He stated that the council is an independent body, and so government cannot interfere in its activities. He also urged the council to work to plug all loopholes to protect the integrity of the examinations.
Mahama also has asked the Bureau of Nationa Investigations (BNI) to work with the examinations organizing council to ensure that culprits in the latest leakage are properly sanctioned. The President also recalled that last year, the council cancelled five subject papers in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) after questions leaked. The BNI was called to investigate the exam leakage and two people are currently being prosecuted for the crime.
About four of the papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) reportedly leaked yesterday to some students in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions. The unfortunate incident was also confirmed by WAEC as it sought to capture the culprits. The WASSCE Leaked Papers were discovered in a Whatsapp chat group where students exchanged the papers to each other. There were also pictures on social media showing students copying answers.
Reports revealed that the students had access to the exam papers between 12:00am midnight and 4:00a.m on the day the papers were written. The papers that allegedly leaked included Oral English, Integrated Science paper and Social Studies.
There have been speculations as to if the leaked papers will be cancelled, but WAEC has served notice the leaked papers will not be cancelled as has been done in previous years. A statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, WAEC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs said the papers already written will not be cancelled. Exams will continue as normal and persons found culpable during the investigations will be sanctioned.