The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has expressed deep concern over the increasing incidence of malpractices in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Over the years, the West African sub-regional examination system in Ghana has been marred by numerous irregularities, including the illicit introduction of electronic devices into examination halls, paper leaks, and impersonation of candidates, among other transgressions.
During a press conference addressing the conduct of the 2023 WASSCE for school candidates, John K. Kapi, the head of public affairs for the West African Examinations Council, revealed that those responsible for these breaches have been apprehended and will soon face legal consequences.
“It is disheartening to note that certain schools have devised elaborate strategies for cheating within their examination centers. Reports reaching us indicate that some schools are charging their candidates anywhere from GH¢500 to GH¢1000 each to facilitate cheating during the examinations. This unethical practice has led some students to believe they are entitled to such assistance, and they insist on having their way.”
“Moreover, proprietors of certain schools have openly displayed hostility towards our monitoring teams, necessitating our request for assistance from the Ghana Police Service to ensure their safety. Additionally, some individuals have been apprehended for attempting to bribe our personnel in exchange for turning a blind eye to cheating.”