A meeting to determine the ongoing 2022 edition of the WASSCE for School grading will commence Thursday, August 4, 2022, and end on Friday, August 5, 2022, A staff of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed.
“For the WASSCE for School we fix standards, we use the statistics and then we fix the grades so tomorrow the subject experts (Cheif examiners) will join us to fix the standards and fix the grades,” the Council’s official said in a discussion.
Describing the WASSCE for School grading system as not static, the Ag. Controller, Art, Business Subjects Department – WAEC, Lawrence Dogbatse in the interview monitored by AcademicWeek.com said the system is a criterium reference.
“We look at the cumulative percentage for the various subjects and do the 70% in addition to the continuous assessment when all brought together we now find the grading point and then we do the ranges thus from lowest to highest (0 to 100),” Mr Dogbatse explained.
The August 4, grading system meeting, Head Office Management Department – WAEC, John Kapi said is for the WAEC member countries that have finished with their conduct of the WASSCE. “Ghana will have it later,” he added.
Asked if candidates not comfortable with their grade can seek to remark, the WAEC official replied YES adding that “remarking is part of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination process and that it is done at a fee.”
“Remarking is part of the game, if you feel you are not comfortable with your grade you have to apply but it goes with a fee. When you apply the scripts are remarked again with the marking scheme,” the Exams Council Controller stated.
In a related development, the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) says the objective questions of the 2022 edition of BECE and WASSCE for School Candidates have been serialized as part of measures to curb examination malpractice.
The Head of Humanities and Languages Department – WAC Kofi Cyril, in an interview with an Accra-based Atinka TV said objective questions serialization is among the numerous changes made by his outfit this academic year.
Explaining what the management of the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) describes as questions serialization, the WAEC staff said “this year’s WASSCE for School objective questions are similar but with varied positions.”
Asked what measures have been put in place to ensure no question leak, the Head of Public Affairs – WAEC, Agnes Teye said all security protocols point to the fact that leakage problems can be traced when the papers leave their outfit.
She noted that the exam papers are kept in a well-fortified room with 24-hour security on guard. This she believes are enough stringent measures to curtail any malpractices because no staff of WAEC will want to jeopardize their careers.
“Strict security presence is assured through the value chain before the papers get to the students. WAEC maintains will guarantee the safety and no compromise of the examination papers leaking,” the Council spokeswoman assured.