A group calling itself the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), has lambasted the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) over the cancellation of results of some candidates who partook in the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
According to the coalition, the constant exam malpractices recorded in the WAEC organized exam will discredit certificates issued by the Council.
“For us it is very unacceptable because it has implications on the certificate issued at the end of the day. If these things persist, the certificate will not be considered as credible and that will affect the opportunities that will be available for the children going forward.”
Records of cases of examination malpractice, despite numerous attempts by the examination body to curtail the menace, continue to thrive.
The results of 26,434 candidates who sat for 2018 were withheld by the examination body for allegedly engaging in examination malpractises during the exam.
Recently, the West African Examination Council indicated that the entire results of 83 candidates who wrote the 2018 BECE were cancelled because the candidates, during the exams, brought mobile phones into examination halls and received external assistance.
But in an interview with Citi News, Veronica Dzeagu, National Coordinator of GNECC, noted that it is time for the examination body to restructure the administration of the BECE and other exams to avert the worrying trend.
“It is about time WAEC puts in the necessary measures, put in the right people as invigilators to make sure that these things do not occur.”
“The situation is so unacceptable. We have raised concerns over this issue in the past. Two years ago a similar situation came up and we issued a statement condemning WAEC for not putting in the necessary measures in place to prevent this thing from happening but the problem has persisted”, she stressed.