The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to increase teachers who served as BECE and WASSCE invigilators for the just-ended examinations.
Mr Angel Carbonu, President of NAGRAT in his address at the Quadrennial Eastern Regional Delegates Conference of the Association said the remuneration increment will encourage the teachers to perform their duties as expected
The teacher union president said invigilation of any of the West African Exams Council-administered examination is optional work for teachers and that any teacher who takes part in such activities had to apply on his or her own.
“Henceforth, any of our members who are interested in any of WAEC’s activities, be it invigilation of BECE or WASSCE or any other WAEC’s activity, should apply for, as it is not compulsory,” Mr Carbonu told teachers at the Conference.
He noted the core duty of teachers is to prepare the final year students for either the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) or West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and not to invigilate.
“It is not compulsory that because we prepare the candidates, then their invigilation at the examination centres shall also be our compulsory duty. WAEC is to employ invigilators and no teacher should be forced into it,” he added.
The NAGRAT member further advised teachers who would like to engage in WAEC’s activities, particularly invigilation, to abide by the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the WAEC examination, and not be compromised.
Mr Angel Carbonu said the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) would not support teachers reported to be found guilty of examination malpractice or any misconduct that could undermine the integrity of WAEC.
The not-for-profit-making organization (WAEC) has ended the conduct of the 2023 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates.
A total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 boys and 300,391 girls from 18,993 Junior High Schools participated in the 2023 BECE for School Candidates which began on Monday, August 7, 2023, to Friday, August 11, 2023.
With regard to the 2023 BECE for Private Candidates, a total entry figure of 1,743 candidates was recorded. This is made up of 889 males and 854 females. This year’s figure is 5.4% higher than the entry figure of 1,132 for 2022.
A total of 447,204 prospective candidates, comprising 211,834 males and 235,370 females sat for the Ghana version of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School at 834 centres across the country.
The total candidature represents an increase of 24,321 over last year’s candidature of 422,883. final-year students from 975 second-cycle schools participated in the national examination written for the second time in Ghana.