Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education following the conduct of this academic year’s WASSCE and BECE for School Candidates has disclosed some effective measures put in place to curb WAEC questions leakage.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, the Education Minister said the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is committed to administering a credible examination and dealing with all forms of examination malpractices.
“The West African Examination Council is committed to conducting credible examination and dealing with all forms of examination irregularities that threaten the country’s entire education system,” Dr Yaw Adutwum told Parliament.
Adutwum said biometric access control devices will be introduced at the Security Printing Division to ensure that only authorised staff entered the premises in addition to strict bodily searching of persons entering and exiting.
As part of efforts to curb WAEC questions leakage, he said closed-circuit television (CCTV) will be used to monitor the activities relating to the production of question papers, and the use of tamper-proof envelopes to seal question papers.
“There will be seals on the bags to ensure that no one has access to the packets while in transit, and the use of a combination of locks for the security bags to prevent unnoticed access to the packets before the code was released to depot keepers,” he added.
Ahead of the examination administration, the Minister said a sensitization process will be undertaken for candidates and the public on examination malpractices and their effect on society as well as punitive actions against culprits.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament told Parliament that WAEC is testing the introduction of alternate/parallel papers in assessing candidates; saying “the first step was randomising the options of the objective test for the 2021 BECE.”
“Once students and school administrators realise that whatever they have received as solutions/responses to questions are not useful, their attention shifts to properly preparing candidates for the examination,” Hon Osei Yaw stated.