Parliament to haul WAEC over exam leakages

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Akatsi North Lawmaker Peter Nortsu-Kotoe has revealed that Parliament will be hauling examinations body, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) before it to answer questions relating to how some five papers were allegedly leaked in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Mr Nortsu-Kotoe told TV3 Wednesday, September 15 the Education committee of parliament will invite WAEC to the house next week.

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This comes after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has been petitioned by the Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) to investigate the matter.

Eduwatch wants the CID “to investigate the source of the overnight and dawn leakage of 5 papers including today’s re-scheduled Physics paper 2, Food and Nutrition 3, English Language 2, Elective Mathematics 2 and NABTEX English 2”.

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WAEC, on Wednesday, September 15, was compelled to reschedule some two papers over what it described as observed exam irregularities.

The Council feared the papers – Physics and Business Management – were leaked.

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The Head of the Council’s Test Administration Division, George Ohene-Mantey, said at a press conference that “The cheating social media groups were in full swing prior to the conduct of the mathematics and the English language papers on 9th and 13th September.”

“After the administration of the test, careful scrutiny of the several versions [of suspected leaks] received indicated that extracts of parts of the questions in mathematics elective two and section A of English Language two were circulated on social media platforms.”

This, Eduwatch, which has been critical on this matter and seeking reforms wants the security agency to take up the matter.

“We are unable to share the content of our Petition since it could interfere with investigations. We will keep working with state agencies to improve accountability and credibility in Ghana’s pre-tertiary assessments sector”, Executive Director of EduWatch, Kofi Asare posted on his Facebook page.

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