Africa Education Watch following the impending conduct of the WASSCE School has asked the Ministry of Education to engage stakeholders on implementation progress and measures instituted to ensure a fair and credible WASSCE 2022.
EduWatch in a statement copied to AcademicWeek said it has noted the efforts of MoE and WAEC including the move to serialize questions, strengthen external invigilation and legal reforms to criminalize examination malpractices.
The Education think tank also commended the Education Ministry for involving the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) in the invigilation and monitoring of the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) administration.
“As a result of the external security arrangement involving the NIB, aside from the Police stationed at WAEC, there was no leakage of the BECE papers. We commend them for their collaboration to improve questions security,” It noted.
But as it left a few weeks to the start of WASSCE, the Education Watch has called for general and stakeholder engagement on the implementation progress and measures instituted to ensure a fair and credible WASSCE 2022.
The Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization (EduWatch) ahead of the conduct of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates consequently has proposed for;
1. The MoE should engage the NIB to oversee the printing and distribution of WASSCE 2022 papers.
2. The Inspector-General of Police should intervene to expedite action on the various WASSCE 2021 examination fraud complaints and petitions.
3. The MoE and WAEC should convene a stakeholder meeting to discuss progress in implementing post-WASSCE 2021 commitments and various stakeholder roles in ensuring a fair and credible WASSCE 2022.
4. The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education must take a keen interest in the implementation progress of commitments made by the Police, MoE, WAEC, and GES at its convening in Koforidua on October 21, 2021, as we approach WASSCE 2022.
Describing the curbing examination fraud and malpractice is a collective responsibility, the Africa Education Watch has urged all stakeholders including parents and management of schools to take a keen interest in the examination.
“We call for increased stakeholder collaboration to curb examination fraud and malpractices and ensure the Ghanaian pretertiary assessment system conforms to international standards,” the Education Watch said in its press release.