The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has called for public and stakeholders’ support to safeguard the integrity of examinations in the country.
Head of the National Office, WAEC, Mrs Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey, told a press conference in Accra that “the conduct of examinations is a shared responsibility.”
The press conference sought to clarify and update the public on the recent happenings during the conduct of the just ended 2020 WASSCE and upcoming BECE Examinations.
This year’s West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had been challenged with media reports of leakage of Integrated Science papers among others on social media platforms.
Mrs Addy-Lamptey said for example, the council relied on third parties and individuals to provide services such as supervision, invigilation and security.
She noted that Examination malpractices could be described as the “worst form of fraud” as the act affected the youth whose valued system were now being formed.
She debunked the assertion that this year’s WASSCE was one of the most compromised Examinations conducted by the council in the country’s history.
According to her, digitization had come with its challenges and the council would do all it could to maintain the integrity of its Examinations.
Ghana could not shut down the internet during Examination periods as it was practiced in some countries, she said.
She explained that whereas in some countries, Examination were conducted within one or two days, Ghana used about six weeks hence shutting down the internet would come along with many challenges.
She said the council was collaborating with the Ghana Police Service and Bureau of National Investigations to curtail the activities of rogue websites.
Mrs Addy-Lamptey said WAEC was also considering installing mobile phone jammers in all examination centres to discourage cheating at Examination centres across the country.