The Ghana Education Service (GES) has confirmed the serialization of WASSCE and BECE objective questions by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as part of effective measures to reduce examination malpractice and fraud.
The confirmation follows rumours on various social media platforms indicating prospective WASSCE and BECE candidates to sit for the international and national examinations will have different questions for the objective test.
The Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Kwabena Tandoh who verified the serialization of the questions said the move is among other protocols put in place to ensure smooth conduct of this year’s exams.
Explaining the levels of serialization in a discussion monitored by AcademicWeek, he said there is serialization based on examination hall, district and that based on students saying it depends on WAEC to choose any for the examinations.
“The most important thing is that WAEC will not announce the level of serialization because we don’t want students to look frustrated, it’s not a gambling game but rather its preparation for yourself,” the Deputy Director of GES stated.
Commenting on the new changes in a separate interview monitored by AcademicWeek, the Head of National Office – WAEC, Wendy Addy Lamptey said questions of the WASSCE and BECE for School are based on the syllabus.
“The questions for the 2022 examination are coming from the syllabus. Candidates should not panic because of the new changes, they should just prepare for the Basic Certificate Examination,” Mrs Wendy Addy encouraged.
Kofi Cyril, the Head of Humanities and Languages Department – WAC, in the interview disclosed objective questions serialization is among the numerous changes made by the management of the non-profit-making organization.
Explaining what the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) describes as objective questions serialization, Mr Cyril said “this academic year’s BECE and WASSCE for School objective questions are similar but with varied positions.”
It widely has been circulated that every district may get its own unique WASSCE and BECE questions with every centre and candidate having different questions whereas each district and candidate’s questions will be of the same standard.