Education Think Tank, Africa Education Watch has made a damning revelation about examination and assessment partner of the Ghana Education Service (GES) the West African Education Council (WAEC) to the effect that they have been evasive in providing information about reports of possible leaked papers during last year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to candidates.
According to Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, these question papers were allegedly sent from the IT Department of WAEC Headquarters to other online platforms which found their way to his office via an associate on the said platform.
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“But it leaked from the WAEC’s own IT department and it leaked unto a platform which was eventually forwarded to our assessment team by a member of that particular platform,” he added.
He further went on to add that after they had received the alleged leaked WASSCE papers, they contacted the WAEC office, but they have since been evasive after admitting that they were investigating the issue, but after ten (10) months they have not heard anything from the examination body.
“WAEC confirmed the day after we blew the cover that indeed it had leaked from their headquarters and that they had instituted an internal inquiry. 10 months after the leakage, no one has informed us about the outcome of such an inquiry and whether it happened at all” he mentioned.
According to Mr Kofi Asare, WAEC held a press conference over the alleged leaked WASSCE papers and other confidential information of its examiners.
“But WAEC immediately after the leakage held a press conference, met the media and assured them that particular list was a provisional list and that they had about 20,000 markers or examiners and so the 1,520 could not have… only to turn around and use the same 1,520 examiners to mark the papers” he intimated.
However, The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has also mentioned that starting next academic year, some schools in Ghana are going to do away with chalkboards and start using Promethean boards.