The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has commended the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for introducing BECE and WASSCE serialization to end questions leakage and examination malpractices in the last two years.
Speaking at the 2022 WAEC Distinction Awards Ceremony monitored by AcademicWeek.com, the Education Minister said certificates issued to candidates who sit for any of the Council’s examinations are of a high standard.
“WAEC has been doing well. I want to commend WAEC for what they have done in the area of stopping examination leakages at the BECE level. There have been no leakages in the last two years in BECE” the Minister for Education said.
Adutwum added that “WAEC has the authority to stop examination leakages not through policing their warehouses but by the nature of the questions and how it is organized. I am happy they introduced the questions serialization.”
“I am looking forward to seeing the West African Exams Council moving further to serialize within the examination room, so if they are 30 students in the exams room, there will be about 10 versions of the questions,” he added.
In other news, the non-profit organization says it expects the majority of final-year Senior and Junior High School students preparing to sit for its examinations to pass excellently because the BECE and WASSCE questions are average.
Mr Ben K. Owusu, the Head of Test Development Division, WAEC in a discussion monitored by AcademicWeek.com said questions for the national and international examination are standard hence all students can answer to pass.
“The Basic Education Certificate Examination and West African Senior School Certificate Examination questions are not difficult, the questions are related to what they have been taught by their teachers in the classroom,” the WAEC official said.
The Council member in his advice has urged all candidates to study their books and refrain from going into the examination hall with foreign material in a bid to cheat in the examination or engaged in any form of malpractice.
For the Basic Education Certificate Examination, the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says more than 600,000 candidates will sit for the 2023 national examination slated for August 7 to August 11, 2023.
For the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), over 448,000 final-year Senior High School students WAEC has said will sit for the examination for School from July 31, 2023, through to September 26, 2023.