President John Dramani Mahama says he is disappointed in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) following the latest leakage of some examination papers. The president has therefore charged the sub regional examination body to put its house in order to stop the recurring leakages.
About four papers including Oral English, Integrated Science ad Social Studies in the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been leaked. Even though WAEC has admitted to the leakage, it discounted the possibility of cancelling papers that have already been written.
Addressing a gathering at the University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa in the Western Region as part of his Accounting to the People Tour, President Mahama pointed out government’s inability to interfere in the operational affairs of WAEC as an international independent body.
“But the government wishes to call on the West African Examination Council to put its house in order,” he said.
The president noted it is “most discouraging for students who have prepared assiduously for three solid years only to be confronted with incidences of examination leakages”.
He recalled last year’s leakage during the Basic Education Certificate Examination in which two persons are currently facing prosecution following investigations conducted by the Bureau of National Investigations.
President Mahama also made reference to internal investigations by WAEC which led to the dismissal of three officials of the organisation. The examination body, he said, promised to conduct reforms in its examinations preparation.
“We are therefore disappointed at news of a possible leakage in the secondary school certificate exams,” he said.
“We therefore urge WAEC to urgently work to plug all loopholes to protect the integrity of the examination and I have asked the BNI to work with WAEC and deal drastically with anybody found to be involved in this negative practice.”