The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has cautioned students against exam malpractice.
In effect, WAEC noted that the burden of finding resources and extra logistics to conduct fresh examinations anytime results were canceled, have had a toll on the council.
“It usually costs the council close to GHS5 million to re-arrange and conduct another exams when exams are cancelled due to malpractices and other irregularities,” Rev Sam Nii Ollenu, Head of National Office of WAEC told the Goldstreet Business.
Statistics from WAEC, indicates that 13,793 candidates were involved in examination malpractice in 2017, rising sharply from 11, 936 in 2016.
Rev. Ollenu, speaking at a media seminar in Accra, explained that it was prudent for all Ghanaians to be worried when candidates cheat in examinations, as the canker has the tendency to breed social miscreants, half-baked citizens and poor moral and ethical values.
“That is why there is the need to promote genuine academic attainment to propel national development. It’s also necessary for stakeholders to protect the integrity of Ghana’s educational system and the credibility of certificates issued by the WAEC,” he averred.
Rev. Ollenu indicated that, the Government, this year, will absorb the examination fees of all candidates from public schools who will write the Basic Education Certificate Examination, adding, “the measure will provide additional relief to such schools.”
Mr Carter Kofi Osafo, Acting Head, Test Development Division, WAEC, explained that examination malpractices involved seeking assistance, using exhibits such as smart phones and watches and using of handkerchiefs.
In view of this, he said, WAEC had embarked on rigorous education through the print and electronic media to halt examination malpractices.
The Council, he said, had also synchronized the times for starting all examinations in addition to using metal detectors to screen candidates.
WAEC, he said, had also published the names of schools involved in the act as well as engaged the services of the National Security and private investigators to track and prosecute offenders as well as the proposed setting up of CCTV cameras in examination centres.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe