As part of effective measures to curb cases of examination malpractice in the 32nd edition of BECE for School, the West African Examinations Council has directed supervisors and invigilators to search Muslim BECE candidates’ hijabs.
In a radio interview, the Municipal Education Director of Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality, Kate Biney said the non-profit-making organization has mandated invigilators to conduct a thorough body search before the exams.
”WAEC has given the needed orientation for supervisors and made it clear what is expected of them. The teachers themselves do not go to the examination centre, then you leave the children to go to the centre and then searched
This time we are going to do thorough searching so if you hear we are frisking their armpits etcetera understand; as males will search males and females attend to females due to what happened during the WASSCE
WAEC has information on how candidates hide foreign material as now it is not as open as in their shoes. They now hide it in their panties as menstrual pads, in between their belts, even they wear double nose mask and hide it in between; under their neck collars and our Muslim colleagues, their hijabs will be searched,” She stated.
The Effia Kwesimintsim Education Director continued that “We will search their pants and the women invigilators can notice if one is really menstruating or has hidden a foreign material there.
We know Muslim ladies do not expose their hair so we will not remove their hijab but when we are suspicious we will ask you to remove it and shake it and wear it again and proceed,” Kate Biney noted as quoted by StarrFM.
Starting on Monday, October 17, 2022, a total of 552,276 final-year students from 18,501 public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs) will participate in the 2022 BECE for School at 2,023 centres throughout the country.
“The entry figure is made up of 276,988 males and 275,288 females. The number of candidates that registered for this year’s BECE (SC) is 3.48% less than the 2021 entry figure of 572,167,” the Examination Council stated in a blog post.
This year, the Council says two groups of BECE candidates (School and Private), will for the first time, sit for the examination at the same period due to the consistently low entries for the BECE for Private Candidates over the years.
The West African Examinations Council will administer the 32nd edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School and Private Candidates, 2022 from October 17, 2022, to October 21, 2022.