Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah, the National Director for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) as part of his campaign for the West African Exams Council to be scrapped has said the organization is not value for money.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi TV in an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, Obengfo Gyetuah said the 70-year-old not-for-profit-making institution has outlived its purpose hence the need for a new assessment body to be introduced.
“It is now clear that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is incompetent, there is no need for us to pay them as a body responsible to assess our students. They have outlived their time,” the Private Schools Director stressed.
According to him, a new examining board when constituted by the central government to break the monopoly currently enjoyed by WAEC will end the cases of questions leakages and also reduce examination malpractice.
“The kind of paper assessment that WAEC is doing in Ghana is not done anywhere. Any serious country that is involved in educational development will not consider a paper assessment. We are talking about portfolio assessment
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is over 70 years now so they should go for their retirement because whatever we enjoying now is not what we expect from them,” Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah told Citi TV’s Philip Nii Lartey.
The GNACOPS Director’s comment comes after the Council in an update on the conduct of the 2022 WASSCE for School said impersonation practice is prevalent in private Senior High Schools partaking in the ongoing examination.
Speaking at a press briefing, the Head of Exams at West African Examinations Council (WAEC), George Ohene Mantey disclosed about 23 impersonation cases have been reported to the Ghana Police Service for further investigation.
“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,” the WAEC official told journalists.
George Mantey told journalists that schools that have been engaged in any of the exam malpractices would be sanctioned as well as those reported condoning impersonation will have their centres withdrawn.
“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,” he said at the press briefing.