The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has reported that it will “name and shame” schools found engaging in examination malpractice in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The examination council in a statement on Wednesday July 19, 2017 said that the results of candidates from 185 schools are “pending conclusion of investigations into malpractices detected during and after the examinations.”
“Results of candidates from 31 out of the 185 schools were detected with the Item Differentia profile (IDP) software, which showed cheating in the objective tests,” stated Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC in the statement.
“The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise,” the statement added.
Giving more clarification on the subject on Thursday July 20, 2017, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe iterated that the most widespread in terms of examination malpractices is massive collusion in schools and she further clarified that it is a sure indication “that tells us that supervisors and invigilators look on unconcerned or even connive with the candidates to cheat.”
As a panacea towards bringing the growing menace to a grinding halt, the council decided to name and shame all schools found culpable in the act.
“The schools are so many. We are going to name and shame where we know that we are putting all the schools out there in the open,” she told Morning Starr host Francis Abban.
“That’s what we intend to do this time round,” she declared.
Former General Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Felix Essah-Hienno also voiced out his opinion and urged “seriousness” in dealing with the matter, saying “schools that cheat in exams must be dealt with.”
“Some schools will do everything possible to appear at the top of the league table. Year on year, we mention some schools cheated in the exams, but what happens to such schools?” he enquired while speaking on Morning Starr Thursday July 20, 2017.
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