The management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) ahead of the conduct of this year’s WASSCE for School slated for August has been urged not to use SHS teachers as invigilators for the International examination
Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare who made the request said international best practice indicates teachers should not be used as invigilators in external exams due to the potential for conflicting interests.
The Education Think Tank’s Director proposal comes after some Senior High School teachers who were employed as invigilators to ensure smooth conduct of the 2020 WASSCE engaged in misconduct and examination malpractices.
“Some invigilators played a role in the WASSCE 2020 malpractices. The international best practice provides that SHS teachers should not be used as invigilators in external exams due to the potential for conflicting interests,” he stated
He cited that “In Kade SHTS, a Mathematics teacher, Mr Evans Yeboah, was interdicted by the Ghana Education Service for taking a snapshot of the Integrated Science question paper and sending same outside for an accomplice to solve.”
Kofi Asare has further advised the Ministry of Education and CID to prioritize criminal investigations and prosecution of suspected criminals in the examination irregularities value chain to make the ‘Apor’ business a risky one.
He has also petitioned the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reinforce the ban on the use of mobile phones by students in Senior High Schools (SHSs) to curb malpractices in this year’s WASSCE for school exams.
In a related development, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has urged individuals, particularly supervisors and invigilators who will be associated with the conduct of this academic year’s examination to be of good behaviour.
Mrs Rosemond Wilson, the Head, Post Examinations Department – WAEC in an interview monitored by AcademicWek said the success of the National and International examination will be determined by their attitude and conducts.
“We are begging all supervisors, invigilators and candidates to conform with the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),” the Head of Post Examinations urged.
The supervisors and invigilators, Mrs Wilson said are to ensure the candidates are searched properly and sitting arrangements are in order as indicated by the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).