Managing Director of the State Transport Company (STC) has charged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to go and learn from other examination bodies on how to stop examination leakage.
Nana Akomea said it was clear that WAEC has ran out of ideas on how to tackle what has become the annual leakage of papers of the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), an examination organised by the West African examination body.
His comments come two days after WAEC canceled the Physics and Business Management papers in the ongoing WASSCE. WAEC said the papers had leaked.
Speaking on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV on Friday and monitored by justicefmonline.com, Mr Akomea blamed WAEC solely for the leakage of the papers.
He said as independent as it is, the examination body should be able to identify where the problem is and fix it.
Mr Akomea noted with surprise how other examination bodies are able to protect the integrity of their examination papers but WAEC is failing in that regard.
He called for an independent investigation into how the examination papers are leaked, despite the security provided by the state to protect the papers from leaking.
Former Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okodzeto Ablakwa however disagreed, saying that WAEC cannot be entirely blamed for the leakage of the papers.
He said even though WAEC is responsible for organizing and supervising the examinations, the papers pass through a chain of actors before they get to the examination centers.
” WAEC sets the questions, supervises the examinations but in the chain, but in the chain, you have National Security, you have Ghana Police Service, you have the Directors of Education, you have teachers, when the examination papers leave the WAEC headquarters, they are supposed to be accompanied… But in this chain, there could be all kinds of breaches” he explained.
He added that “in my mind, we cannot blame only WAEC if we have not carried out a thorough surgical analysis”.
The West African Examination Council is a sub regional examination body that organises examinations for schools in Ghana, Nigeria, The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In Ghana, it organises the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Secondary School Examination (WASSCE).
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