The management of 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.
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, which 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.
But, the management of the African Examinations Body has said the budget presently operated by the African Examinations Council only provides a refreshment allowance per session for supervisors and invigilators.
A spokeswoman for the non-profit-making organization, Mrs 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.”
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says the refreshment allowance paid to supervisors and invigilators per session can only be increased if candidates’ examination registration fee absorbed by the government is increased.