WAEC Denies Leakage Rumours

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has denied reports
circulating on social media about purported leakage of examination papers in the
ongoing 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA)
and signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the
Head of National Office, WAEC, explained that the Council’s attention had been
drawn to that false information circulating on social media.

However, it explained that there has not been any
leakage of examination papers for the WASSCE for school candidates, 2019.

The statement said the Council, in its monitoring of the
examination, had received information regarding examination malpractice in some
examination halls as a result of poor supervision and invigilation.

It also received reports by insiders that some school
authorities create hideouts for teachers knowledgeable in the subject area to
wait for the question paper packets to be opened for snapshots to be taken in
order to solve the questions and send answers to candidates at the examination
hall.

The statement said the Council had also learned that
there was smuggling of mobile phones to the examination hall by some candidates
awaiting solutions, as well as the resurgence of the operation of rogue
websites.

These website operators, it explained, with the
connivance of some invigilators and supervisors, received snapshots of the
question papers from the centres after the packets were opened, solved the
questions and posted the answers on their websites and the WhatsApp groups of
candidates who had paid for their services.

To address the challenges, the Council had increased the
inspection and monitoring of the examination at the various centres, withdrawn
and/or annulled the appointment of some supervisors and invigilators pending
further sanctions.

It has also made a formal complaint to the Cyber Crime
Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service on
the operations of these rogue websites.

“A number of candidates suspected to have been involved
in examination malpractice are being investigated. As a further step, the
Council would scrutinise all scripts of schools where cheating has been
reported,” the statement noted.

The statement said a large number of candidates had
conducted themselves very well and due process would be followed to ensure
fairness to all.

The Council urged all stakeholders, including members of
the public, to collaborate with them to safeguard the integrity of the
examinations and certificates awarded.

GNA



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