The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has expressed its concern regarding the high number of malpractices detected in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This sub-regional examination scheme in Ghana has, over the years, faced numerous irregularities, including the smuggling of electronic devices into examination halls, paper leaks, and script impersonation, among other issues.
During a press briefing on the conduct of the 2023 WASSCE for school candidates, John K. Kapi, the head of public affairs for WAEC, revealed that the individuals responsible for these malpractices have been apprehended and will soon face legal proceedings.
“It is sad to note that some of the schools have devised grand schemes for cheating at their examination centres. Information reaching us indicates that some of the schools charge their candidates ranging between GH¢500 and GH¢1000 each to enable them to get assistance during the examination and this practice has given some of the students a certain sense of entitlement, and they want to be allowed their way.”
“Proprietors of some schools have shown open hostility towards our monitoring teams prompting us to call for support from the Ghana Police Service to ensure their safety. And some persons have been arrested for attempting to bribe our personnel to look the other way so that the cheating can go on.”