More than 20,000 examiners have been tasked to mark the 2023 BECE and WASSCE scripts of candidates who sat for the just-ended national and international examination, an official of the West African Examinations Council has said.
Speaking to AcademicWeek, the Examinations Council official said his outfit usually commences the marking of the examination scripts three (3) weeks after the conduct of the last paper of any examination.
“Over 20,000 examiners across the country will partake in the marking of the national and international examination scripts. The marking process usually starts 3 weeks after the administration of the examination,” he stated.
He said the non-profit organization (WAEC) this year has put in place adequate measures to ensure contact details of examiners contracted to mark the 2023 examination scripts do not leak as it happened some time ago.
In another story, the not-for-profit-making organization (WAEC) says it will increase supervisors’ and invigilators’ allowance per session only if candidates’ examination registration fee absorbed by the government is augmented.
A spokeswoman for the West African Examination Council, Agnes Teye Cudjoe at a press briefing said any additional allowance introduced would have to be factored into the budget leading to an increase in the fees paid by candidates.
“The budget operated by WAEC only provides allowance per session for supervisors and Invigilators. Any additional allowance introduced would have to be factored into the budget leading to an increase in the fees paid by candidates,” she said.
WAEC’s comment comes after the Education think tank – Africa Education Watch in its 2021 WASSCE monitoring report suggested for the Council to increase the fees paid to supervisors and invigilators for invigilation and supervision.
The Education Watch in the WASSCE report copied to AcademicWeek indicated allowances given to supervisors and invigilators when increased and paid on time would not make them compromise the invigilation of an examination.
“At present, WAEC pays external supervisors an amount of GH¢25 per session with invigilators earning GH¢14. This paltry amount is not even enough to cover transportation costs for many supervisors and invigilators,” it said.
EduWatch stated that the current GH¢25.00 per session for external supervisors and GH¢14.00 for invigilators, which even ends up arriving close to a year after the conduct of a WAEC examination, is a complete demotivator.
“To motivate supervisors and invigilators, WAEC must increase their fees and ensure prompt payment of the same. The current GH¢25 per session for an external supervisor and GH¢14 for an invigilator is a demotivator,” EduWatch added.