The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is positioning itself to deploy technology in the next conduct of its international and national examination, the Head of National Office – WAEC, Mrs Wendy Lamptey has disclosed.
In her address at the just-ended WAEC Stakeholders Forum monitored by AcademicWeek, she said the proactive move forms part of her outfits measures to reduce the annual cases of questions leakage and examination malpractice.
“As we look forward to the years ahead, we are positioning ourselves to deploy technology even more in our processes to ensure that our assessment results remain credible,” the WAEC official told stakeholders at the Forum held in Accra.
For the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) result to be accepted globally, Madam Wendy Addy-Lamptey urged members of the public particularly the media to be responsible for the information put out about the examinations.
“As the offices prepare to begin administration of the theory papers of the 2022 WASSCE, I wish to urge the public to refrain from putting false information as this erodes the credibility of our examinations,” the Head of Office stated.
Advising all final year Senior High School (SHS) students sitting for this year’s WASSCE, WAEC’s Addy-Lamptey encouraged them to desist from any misconduct that could lead to the cancellation of their examination papers.
In a collaborative effort to curb questions leakage, the staff of the Council said her outfit has partnered with the various security agencies including the Police to clamp down rogue websites and arrest their operators for prosecution.
On the African Exams Council’s 70th anniversary, Wendy Lamptey said WAEC had encountered a lot of challenges in its bid to carry out its mandate for making the not-for-profit making organization a world-class examining body.
Commending the management and staff of WAEC for the institution’s success, Emmanuel Brew, Head Administration said the West African Examination Council commenced its activity with a candidate population of 35,000 in 1954.
“The entries rose to 400,000 in 1964, over 1,000,000 in 1976, over 2,000,000 in the year 2000 and in excess 3,500,000 in the 2021 academic year despite the outbreak of Covid-19,” Mr Brew disclosed at the WAEC Stakeholders Forum.
On the theme “Seventy Years of Reliable Educational Assessment—the Journey, Challenges, and the Way Forward,” the WAEC Stakeholders Forum was held in Accra on Monday, August 15, 2022, at the WAEC Hall Cantonments.