About 23 suspected impersonation cases recorded in the ongoing 2022 WASSCE for School have been reported to the Ghana Police Service, the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed.
Describing the situation as a worrying phenomenon, WAEC has urged school authorities to take proactive measures to be able to identify individuals not eligible to partake in the Ghana version of the international examination.
It similarly has directed supervisors and invigilators to deploy the use of the Biometric Verification Device (Vericheck) to identify candidates of the various schools to curb increasing cases of impersonation in the examination.
“Impersonation cases are on the increase in this year’s WASSCE. As of today, 23 suspected impersonation cases from the following schools have been reported to the police,” the Council stated in a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek.
According to the non-profit-making organization, the suspected impersonation cases were recorded in schools including; Vicar Trust SHS, John SHS, Winners SHS, Sunyani Business College, Mococo SHS and Prince Boateng SHS.
The Nsawam-based Prince Boateng Senior High School so far has the highest number of impersonation cases. The West African Examinations Council says 15 cases of impersonation as of today have been recorded in the school.
As a result of poor supervision and invigilation, it also said cases of malpractice including candidates bringing foreign material such as prepared notes, textbooks, pamphlets and mobile phones into exam halls have been recorded at some centres.
“Caution letters have been written to 34 schools following tip-offs and report from intelligence sources about schemes from those schools to ensure that their candidates cheat during the ongoing WASSCE,” WAEC noted in the post.
The authorities of the suspected schools the management of the Council has said have been cautioned that their schools/centres would be derecognised if malpractices were reported in those places during the examination
A total of 422,883 candidates representing 203,753 males and 219,130 females from 977 Senior High Schools (673 public and 304 private schools) registered to sit for the 2022 August/September WASSCE for School.
The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School which commenced on Monday, August 1, 2022, with the Visual Art Project Work options will end on September 27 2022 with ICT Paper 3 Practical.