After introducing questions serialization at the regional level and to examination centres, the Ministry of Education says the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) next academic year will extend the serialization to examination halls.
Speaking in a discussion monitored by AcademicWeek, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said the serialization of next year’s BECE and WASSCE for School Candidates will take a new style to curb cheating in the exams.
“We are not interested in cheating so effective next academic year, the serialisation of school examination questions conducted by the West African Examinations Council will be within the classroom,” the Education Minister disclosed.
In a different interview, the Minister in Charge of Education said plans are underway for the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to consider the serialization of examination questions of its member countries.
The Minister for Education, Mr Adutwum disclosed this after he visited the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Accra as part of his listening tour to Faith-based organizations and stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the move would help maintain the tarnishing reputation and credibility of WAEC since the mode of the examination would force students to study hard and not be dependent on Apor, leaked questions or cheat during the exams.
The Education Minister also disclosed he in due course will meet all Ministers for Education in the West African region to decide on the extension of the serialization system into all examinations organized by the Examinations Council.
A total of 447,204 candidates made up of 211,834 males and 235,370 females drawn from 975 Senior High Schools (SHSs) are participating in the ongoing 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This figure indicates an increase of 5.8% compared to the 2022 entry figure of 422,883. The Ghana version of the international examination administered by WAEC is taking place at 834 examination centres across the country.
A total of sixty (60) subjects, comprising four (4) core and fifty-six (56) electives were made available to prospective WASSCE for School candidates to choose from.
The 2023 edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates which commenced on Monday, July 31, 2023, with the Visual Art Project work will end on September 26, 2023.