The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has called for collaborative efforts between stakeholders in Ghana’s education sector to reduce the examination malpractice in the soon to be held West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to WAEC, the stakeholder effort is aimed at protecting the integrity of our educational systems and credibility of certificates issued by WAEC.
In a communiqué released by WAEC after a seminar for stakeholders within the sector, the examination body stated that the examination board will introduce the application of modern techniques such as computer-based testing, e-marking software among others to curb examination malpractice.
The council also added that it will adopting the use of CCTV cameras in examination centers.
WAEC also explained that there will also be a review of the WAEC Law for stiffer punishment to be meted out to students who engage in examination malpractice.
“There is therefore the need for collective and collaborative effort by all stakeholders to reduce the exam malpractice. This stakeholder effort is necessary to protect the integrity of our educational systems and credibility of certificates issued by WAEC for use in the sub-region and beyond.”
Statistics by the WAEC also showed that out of the 315,247 candidates that sat for the examinations in 2018, 2,787 candidates representing 0.88% were caught indulging in examination malpractice a significant decrease from the 13,793 examination malpractice cases reported in 2017.
WAEC also lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education service to strengthen the monitoring structures at the various examination centers in an attempt to curb examination malpractice.
The council also called on the media to join in the fight against examination malpractice.
“The Council appreciates the efforts of the Ministry of Education & Ghana Education Service to strengthen the monitoring systems at the District Education Directorates and schools. The Media The Council appeals to Media practitioners to join in the fight against the exam malpractice.”