The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following the conduct of this year’s international and national examinations says it has put in place adequate security measures to ensure leakage-free WASSCE and BECE.
An official of WAEC speaking to Daily Graphic newspaper said her outfit had increased the number of depots it used for its exams papers to reduce the distance from the depots to the schools which served as examination centres.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Wendy Addy-Lamptey, also disclosed this academic year’s WASSCE and BECE question papers would not be released earlier than 45 minutes before the commencement of the examinations.
She said to ensure that the depots for the examination question papers were in good shape and secured, the West African Examinations Council had inspected all of them throughout the country and those that needed extra work.
“This time around, we do not accept depots with ceilings. All depots must have either concrete or if they don’t have concrete, then we will do a metal gate on the ceiling to fortify them so that nobody can enter through the ceiling.
“Again, we are not going to move our question papers in bulk to the depots; they would be moved in bits so that at any time, the question papers that are needed for a particular week or few days would be the only papers that are at the depots,” Mrs Addy-Lamptey explained.
In a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek, the not-for-money-making organization (WAEC) also said it is working closely with a number of security agencies to track and arrest dealers and operators of rogue websites.
“The staff of the Council, monitoring agents recruited by the Council, the NIB and other security agencies will be monitoring the examinations. The monitoring team would carry Identification Cards on them and we urge supervisors to request these Cards if they are suspicious of any persons purporting to be monitors,” WAEC said in the blog post.
WAEC security measures for leakage-free WASSCE & BECE
1. Question papers would not be released earlier than 45 minutes before the commencement of the examinations.
2. Collaboration with the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and other security agencies to monitor the printing of question papers
3. Working closely with a number of security agencies to track and arrest dealers and operators of rogue websites
4. Serialisation of the question papers for some subjects
5. Movement of question papers from Strong Rooms to Depots in batches
6. Creation of additional depots for BECE and WASSCE for the storage of confidential materials to ensure that the depots are located close to examination centres
7. Use of security number combination padlocks and seals for question paper bags
8. Strapping of question paper parcels
9. Enhanced inspection of malpractice-prone centres and surveillance of same especially where intelligence information indicates that some monies have been collected in order to offer assistance to candidates
10. Naming and shaming of schools who engage in malpractice during the conduct of the examination to serve as a deterrent to others
A total of 447,204 candidates, made up of 211,834 males and 235,370 females drawn from 975 Senior High Schools are expected to sit for the Ghana version of the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The 2023 WASSCE for School will be administered at 834 centres across the country. A total of sixty (60) subjects, comprising four (4) core and fifty-six (56) electives were made available to prospective candidates to choose from.
The 2023 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School and Private Candidates will be administered from Monday, August 7, 2023, through to Friday, August 11, 2023, across the country.
A total number of 600,714 prospective candidates, comprising 300,323 males and 300,391 females from 18,993 participating public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs) are expected to sit for the school examination.