November 23, 2017 | 12:43 pm

WAEC Assures Of Prompt Action In Exam Paper Leakage


examThe West African Examinations Council says it will take prompt action against persons involved in the leaking of exam papers in this year’s WASSCE.

The Head of WAEC, Rev. Samuel Nii Nmai Ollenu says he is confident those involved will be dealt with the save the integrity of the Council.

A number of exam papers in this year’s West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),  leaked hours before they were due to be taken. The leaked examination papers include Physics practical, Social Studies, Integrated Science, and Oral English.

Last year, some Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and WASSCE papers leaked and were widely shared on social media platforms – Facebook and Whatsapp.

Five BECE papers including English Language 2, Religious and Moral Education 2, Science 2, Mathematics 2 and Social Studies 2 leaked and were, therefore, cancelled.

The cancelled papers had to be retaken later. Parents were unhappy about the situation and blamed the leakage on WAEC.

WAEC says it should not be blamed entirely for the perennial leaking of exam papers. Last year it blamed parents for the problem.

The exams governing body has assured students that papers already written this year will not be cancelled.

It indicated in a statement, Wednesday that some of the leaked papers were found to be fake. WAEC however, authenticated some of the leaked papers and said they were leaked after the papers were released to the examination centers.

The Council says it is working with the security services to get to the bottom of this latest case.

According to the Head of WAE, Rev Nii Nmai Ollenu, two of its staff have been dismissed and one has been demoted for breaching internal security in last year’s massive leakage.

“Those who were dismissed were handed over to the BNI and we expect the BNI to also do their part,” Rev. Ollenu stated.

Rev. Nii Nmai Ollenu says WAEC cannot prosecute persons involved in the leakage of papers itself.

He urged the security agencies to prosecute people involved in the leakages to serve as a deterrent to others who plan to engage in such nefarious activities that have the tendency to tarnish the image the country’s education system.

Meanwhile, a former Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Dr Francis Asenso Boadi has urged WAEC to take a second look at the activities of chief examiners.

He explained that the chief examiners at WAEC who determine the final questions that are set also organize vacation classes.

“What I have observed is that during the classes, they will be concentrating on solving questions with the students and the questions drop…so any student who study that pattern  ends up spreading questions solved by these chief examiners,” Dr Asenso Boadi indicted.

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