The Ghana Education Service (GES) as part of measures to end WASSCE for School examination malpractice has proposed for the country to shift from using examinations as the sole assessment for tertiary admissions.
Speaking at the West African Exams Council Stakeholders Forum, the Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Kwabena Tandoh, said the sole reliance on examination for assessment is a step in the wrong direction.
Suggesting that a paradigm shift would end the exam fraud, he explained that since examinations are seen as the only prerequisite for tertiary level admission, students particularly WASSCE candidates engage in malpractice to pass.
In his address at the Forum in Accra as part of the 70th anniversary of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr Tandoh suggested that a computer-assisted assessment should be encouraged to curb examination malpractices.
Asked if this year’s WASSCE and BECE for School objective questions have been serialized by the on-profit-making institution (WAEC), Dr Tandoh said yes adding that the move forms part of measures to reduce cases of cheating.
“The serialization of the objective test questions is among other protocols put in place to ensure smooth conduct of this year’s examinations,” the Deputy Director-General of GES Kwabena Tandoh told stakeholders at the Forum.
Explaining the levels of serialization at a WAEC Forum 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 exams.
“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.
On the theme “Seventy Years of Reliable Educational Assessment—the Journey, Challenges, and the Way Forward,” the WAEC Stakeholders Forum was held in Accra on Monday, August 15, 2022, at the WAEC Hall Cantonments.