The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), has asked the head of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Reverend Sam Ollennu, to resign his position in the wake of the leakage and cancellation of five papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The association explained that his continued presence as the head of the council would compromise investigations.
NAGRAT also called for the dissolution of the WAEC Board and blamed the council for the leakage.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra yesterday, Mr. Angel Kabonu, vice president of NAGRAT, said the examination body should be blamed for the mess and no one else.
“When papers leak and the questions are on the internet, WhatsApp and students could email them, then we will have to ask ourselves the question ‘where is it coming from’, definitely it is coming from WAEC,” he emphasised.
Mr Kabonu said students should not be made to pay for the incompetence of the Council.
“The results that students churn out is a reflection of our competence or otherwise, and if people are adamant to our call…because our call does not stem from only what has happened this year, we have a series of historical developments that we will present to the table, if that is not done we will have to reconsider our relationship with that examination body,” he stressed.
“Don’t forget the questions are from us, the assessment and marking of the examination is from us, we invigilate the examination and without us the examination cannot go on,” he said.
The founder of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah, agreed with NAGRAT, saying the first step in dealing with cheating during examinations was for the leadership of WAEC to be dismissed.
“We need to get beyond announcing the leakage and cancelling papers and really get into a process of house cleaning at WAEC, they really need to clean their house because clearly, individuals within that organisation are causing these leakages”.
These individuals, according to him, must be identified and sanctioned and “if we are unable to find these individuals who are doing this, I would say they need to look at the leadership of WAEC because at the end of the day, the buck has to stop somewhere”.
He said the leakages were occurring as a result of a weak leadership at WAEC noting that the situation would only change when tough measures and decisions were taken against the leadership of the Council.
When contacted, the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at WAEC, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe told The Ghanaian Times that it was out of place for NAGRAT to demand the dissolution of WAEC Board.
She described the call as unfortunate and asked all stakeholders in education to wait for the outcome of the investigations by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
She, however, declined to speak on the call for the resignation of Rev. Ollennu, who could not be reached to comment on the issue.
By Charles Amankwa