Students from 19 SHSs’ alleged involvement in exams malpractices: 3,479 face WAEC …to assist in investigations

A total of 3,479 candidates of this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), who were allegedly involved in examination irregularities, have started appearing before the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to ‘defend’ themselves.

They are part of a total of 26,434 candidates whose results were withheld by WAEC when the council released the results of the examination in July, this year.

The students, from 19 Senior High School (SHSs), were summoned by the Council as part of processes to complete investigations into the allegations.

Their index numbers and schools were published in the dailies a fortnight ago to visit designated WAEC offices nationwide on specified days starting from Monday, November 26, accompanied by the headmasters.

“…Failure of the parties concerned to comply… shall compel the council to take action as appropriate,” the notices from the WAEC Head office, published in the Ghanaian Times on Friday, November 16, stated.

When contacted to shed more light on the notice, Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe told the Ghanaian Times that the council was investigating “collusion.”

Collusion is the act of collaborating with someone else on an assessment exercise which is intended to be wholly your own work, or the act of assisting someone else to commit plagiarism.

According to Mrs Teye-Cudjoe, the regulations frowned on such an act thus the decision to investigate those who were allegedly involved in the malpractice.

She explained that the summoning of the candidates was an opportunity for the council “to hear them out” after which those found guilty would be sanctioned.

Per WAEC regulations on examination malpractice candiadates who are found guilty could have some or entire results cancelled while some of them could be barred from sitting for the council’s examinations for a certain number of years.

However, the results of candidates who were exonerated by the committee would be released.

The candidates are from SHSs including St Michael SHS, Akim Asafo SHS, Christian Institute of Professional Studies, Bright SHS, Only Believe SHS, King David Comm/Tech and Kukuom Agriculture SHS, all in Brong Ahafo.

Others  also from schools in the same region  are  Yeji Seconadry Technical Tech, Amanten SHS, Victoria  Business  College, Maranatha Business SHS, Wamanafo Senior Technical School,  Acherensua SHS and Jinijini  SHS.

The rest are from St Andrews SHS in Mankessim, Central Region, Church of Christ SHS, Sekondi, Western Region and Al-Azhariya Islamaic SHS, Effiduase SHS and Yefriman SHS in Ashanti Region.

A total of 316,999 candidates made up of 158,550 males and 158,449 females, from 946 participating schools sat for the examination.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

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