The alleged leaked papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will not be cancelled.
A statement from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) signed by its Public Relations Officer, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, however, said the council would investigate the three alleged leaked papers and would issue sanctions against persons that would be found culpable.
It noted that the remaining papers to be written will continue as scheduled and, therefore, urged candidates to be calm and focused in the wake of this incident.
The statement further cautioned candidates to stay away from any form of malpractices as the council had the mechanism to detect persons that would engage in such practice, adding that “the council will not hesitate to apply sanctions against them”.
It was reported by a section of the media yesterday that Oral English, Integrated Science and Social Studies papers of WASSCE exams have been leaked particularly on social media platforms, including WhatsApp Messenger.
Candidates in some schools in the Greater Accra and the Eastern regions were alleged to have had access to the examination questions between 12 midnight and 4 a.m. on the day the papers were written.
About 109 copies of papers were said to have been obtained by some candidates after the papers were written.
However, the statement explained that before the papers were issued from the depots, the council had detected a number of different versions of the questions in circulation, but found them to be fake.
“It was discovered that some authentic questions went into circulation after the papers were released to the examination centres,” the statement said.
“The council suspected that this foreknowledge was perpetuated through the connivance of some persons engaged for the conduct of the examination and their agents. With the assistance of the security agencies, the council is tracking down these persons for prosecution,” it said.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times yesterday, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Reverend Jonathan Bettey, described the incident as unfortunate and said the service has been alarmed by the leakage and were collaborating with the WAEC to find lasting solutions.
He cautioned perpetrators to desist from any act that would undermine the integrity of the examination or face the full rigours of the law when found culpable.
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) said it was convinced officials of WAEC were responsible for the leaking of the papers.
The General Secretary of GNAT, David Acheampong, said officials of WAEC needed to be blamed for the leakage because they were responsible for the printing of the papers.
“In the first place if they print examination questions and they leak, we need to hold them responsible,” he said.
Mr. Acheampong said WAEC had depots where the papers were kept in all the 10 regions with police escort arguing “if any paper leaks, clearly WAEC’s personnel have to be questioned”.
By Charles Amankwa