-An advocacy group mounts pressure on WAEC to allow students write missed papers
-Over 200 students missed two papers due to conflict of examination centers
-The group is threatening to use legal action if the students are not made to write the papers
An advocacy group calling itself Child Rights International has petitioned the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) of Ghana to allow some 200 candidates in the just-ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to sit for two papers they missed out on due to discrepancies with the venue for the examinations.
The 200 candidates are all students from schools in Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region of Ghana.
According to the group, the students ought to be allowed to write the English and Religious and Moral Education (RME) papers which were originally written nationwide on June 5. In a letter signed by lawyer Jerry John K. Asiedu who is believed to be the lawyer for the advocacy group, it stated that they were giving the examination council up until July 5 to allow the candidates sit for the papers or meet them in court.
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has also stated categorically that the candidates can only rewrite the papers in February 2018; am option which the advocacy group is not ready to accept.
The letter signed by lawyer Jerry John K. Asiedu indicated that the District Director for WAEC in the area gave out three different centers namely Bunkprugu, Bindi and Gbankoni. As a result of the confusion, the students could not turn up at the correct venue to sit for the first 2 papers of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The letter went on to add that it would be unfair for the students to be made to wait till February, 2018 to sit for the papers when the anomaly was no fault of theirs. The laeyer indicated that if the Examinations body failed to organize for the students to write the papers on or before July 5, they would be forced to take legal actions against the council to seek redress on the matter in a court of law.
The letter stated that the students also wanted to be beneficiaries of the Free SHS programme which is expected to kick-off in September this year.
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