The Private Schools Council (GNACOPS) has called on the central government to collapse the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) over Its allegations levelled against private schools partaking in the 2022 WASSCE.
GNACOPS request comes after the Council in its second update on the 2022 WASSCE for School said impersonation practice is prevalent in private Senior High Schools partaking in the ongoing Ghana version of the international exams.
Addressing the media on the worrying issue, the Head of Examinations at WAEC, George Ohene Mantey said the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) is yet to record any case of impersonation in a public Senior High School.
“So far, what we have recorded for school exams over the years comes from the private Senior High Schools; we are yet to receive any report for impersonation from a public Senior High School
If you are a proprietor or headmaster and somebody comes to write the exams in your school and after strict scrutiny or interrogation, the person is arrested you must be able to identify the person but most times they fail to assist the Council for further investigations,” he stated.
The WAEC official also indicated that individuals who have been arrested for impersonation in the various private Senior High Schools in the ongoing WASSCE would be made to face the full rigour of the law to serve as a deterrent.
But, the Executive Director of the Private Schools Council, Enoch Gyetuah in a television interview monitored by AcademicWeek described WAEC’s allegation as baseless saying the claim lacks legal findings or evidence.
Asked what could be done to curb impersonation cases, Obengfo Gyetuah suggested for the Examinations Council to deploy scannable machines to verify qualified candidates eligible to sit for the examination at the various exam centres.
According to him, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as the only assessment institution in the country is the cause of the mess in Ghana’s educational system, hence the Ministry of Education should collapse the Council.
“Every government or every minister who is really ahead of time will collapse the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); because it is rather rendering our resources and retiring our youth,” the Private Schools Director stated.
Slated to end September 27, 2022, a total of 422,883 candidates representing 203,753 boys and 219,130 girls from 977 Senior High Schools (673 public and 304 private schools) registered to sit for the August/September WASSCE.