Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has assured no questions of any of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations administered to final-year students in the country will leak on various social media platforms.
In an address at the 9th Speech and Prize Giving Day of the Kumasi High School (KUHIS), he said an antidote to the WAEC national and international examination questions leakage has been discovered to end the worrying issue.
Among other measures put in place to curb the cases of examination leakages the Minister for Education said is the serialization of questions which was piloted last year and fully implemented in this year’s WASSCE and BECE for School.
Member countries of the West African Examinations Council Mr Adutwum said are set to adopt the examination questions serialization initiative in 2023 to engender trust and acceptance of the results and the Certificate issued.
“There may be about 10 versions of the test, your version is different from mine, even when the questions are the same. Last year, West African Ministers met and we wanted the WAEC to serialize the WASSCE,” the Minister said.
In a related development, the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has cautioned prospective students who register to sit for any of its examinations to desist from examination malpractice.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), an official of the Council said examination malpractice is inimical to the country’s development as its human resources would not be competent to meet its development needs.
The Upper West Regional Controller of WAEC, Donald Tutor told the News Agency that his outfit in collaboration with the central government is doing everything within its power to end the examination fraud.
“Examination malpractice is more endemic in the private examinations as candidates who failed the school examination would want to employ every available means, legal or otherwise to pass the examination,” Donald told GNA.
The non-profit-making organization (WAEC) Controller cited common malpractice recorded to include impersonation and sending foreign materials and mobile phones into the exams hall by prospective candidates.