The West African Examinations Council after the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) called for its scrap over an examination malpractice claim has said it will invite the National Director of the Private School Council.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the Head of Legal at WAEC, Victor Brew said his outfit after further consultation will schedule a meeting with the leadership of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools in the coming weeks.
“Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah (National Executive Director of GNACOPS) will help us when he submits input regarding how to better the assessment regime in the country
There are plans to engage Enoch Gyetuah’s outfit for us to discuss and find common ground regarding the way forward,” the lawyer and legal advisor for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) told Citi News.
The move comes after WAEC said all cases of impersonation and malpractice in 2022 WASSCE are recorded in only private schools, a claim the Private Schools Council has is a calculated attempt to collapse private Senior High Schools.
Speaking at a press briefing, the Head of Exams at West African Examinations Council (WAEC), George Ohene Mantey disclosed that impersonation practice is prevalent in private Senior High Schools partaking in the ongoing examination.
“So far, what we have recorded for school exams over the years comes from the private Senior High Schools; we are yet to receive any report for impersonation from a public Senior High School
If you are a proprietor or headmaster and somebody comes to write the exams in your school and after strict scrutiny or interrogation, the person is arrested you must be able to identify the person but most times they fail to assist the Council for further investigations,” he stated.
But, the Executive Director of the Private Schools Council, Obengfo Gyetuah in a television interview monitored by AcademicWeek described WAEC’s allegation as baseless saying the claim lacks legal findings or evidence.
Asked what could be done to curb impersonation cases, Obengfo Gyetuah suggested for the Examinations Council to deploy scannable machines to verify qualified candidates eligible to sit for the examination at the various exam centres.
According to him, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as the only assessment institution in the country is the cause of the mess in Ghana’s educational system, hence the Ministry of Education should collapse the Council.
“Every government or every minister who is really ahead of time will collapse the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); because it is rather rendering our resources and retiring our youth,” the Private Schools Director stated.