A Tamale district court has convicted three students for engaging in examination malpractices by impersonating in the just ended West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) private examinations.
Abdulai Mohammed, a student of Success City College in Tamale, was sentenced to a fine of GH¢720.00 or in default, serve three years imprisonment.The others Alhassan Yussif, 21, and Abubakari Saddick Iddrisu, 20, were also fined GH¢1,200.00 or in default, serve four months imprisonment.
According to the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh, the three students were all arrested on the same day during paper three of the Integrated Science subject.
He said Mohammed was arrested at the campus of Success City College during a biometric verification process.
ASP Tetteh said “He was arrested during the biometric checking. They realised that the picture on the data and the person who had come to write the exam was different so the invigilator quickly raised the alarm and he was arrested”.
ASP Tetteh said the suspect was charged with impersonation after police investigation and was arraigned before the court.
He said that the two others were arrested when Yussif, who came to sit to write the Integrated Science paper three for his friend, Saddick, was identified by the invigilator as one who had written the examination long ago and passed excellently.
ASP Tetteh said the invigilator became suspicious and asked Yussif whether he wanted to write the WASSCE exam for someone. Yussif, according to the police PRO answered in affirmative and mentioned the name of Saddick.
The two were arrested and charged with “conspiracy to commit crime to wit, impersonation under section 5(a) of the WAEC act.
ASP Tetteh said the three students were convicted on their own plea, adding that the three had paid the fines and had been released.