In a bid to minimize cases of examination leakages and malpractice recorded each year, we are considering conducting the next BECE and WASSCE School online for candidates, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said.
Speaking at a press conference, the Head of National Office – WAEC, Wendy Addy Lamptey said digitizing the administration of the national and international examinations will help reduce the leakage of examination questions.
“We are hoping that people would take their examinations online, but a lot would depend on our systems. We are working with the resources made available to us,” the West African Examinations Council official told the media.
The Council’s decision for candidates to take a virtual test comes after Africa Education Watch suggested that the central government digitize the delivery of examination question papers from the WAEC depot to exam centres.
The Executive Director of the Education Watch, Kofi Asare in a post sighted by AcademicWeek.com said the central government adopting digitization of the questions transmission process is the only way to reduce the annual leakages.
“We call for increased security of WAEC question papers from the depots to the Centres, and a digitization of the questions transmission process to minimise, if not remove the human elements involved,” Mr Asare stated in the post.
In a related development, the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) says it is positioning itself to deploy technology in the subsequent conduct of its examination administered to final-year Junior and Senior High School students.
Mrs Wendy Addy-Lamptey in her address at the just-ended WAEC Stakeholders Forum 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 staff 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.