One hundred and eighty five senior high schools are to be sanctioned for their alleged involvement in examination malpractices in the May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The council has withheld the entire results of candidates presented by the schools and threatened to de-recognise them as WAEC centres if found culpable in the alleged malpractices.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra last Friday to announce the provisional results of the 2015 WASCCE results, the head of WAEC Ghana, Rev. Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu, declined to disclose the names of the schools but said out of the number, 119 schools were involved in mass cheating in the objective tests.
He said a new anti-malpractice software, known as Item Differentia Profile (IDP), which had been introduced by the council, enabled it to detect the malpractices in the objective tests which hitherto went unnoticed.
“We have also introduced the biometric registration of candidates, metal detectors, swapping of supervisors, and G-Type answer booklets which helped us to identify malpractices among candidates,” he said.
He said the schools found culpable would be made to write in other schools or be asked to write WAEC examinations under strict supervision.
A total of 1,859 candidates had their subject results cancelled with 453 candidates having their entire results cancelled, while eight others have been barred from taking any of WAEC examinations for two years.
In all, 268, 812 candidates from 810 schools made up of 139,868 males and 128,944 females took part in the examinations, while a total of 1,015 candidates who registered were absent from the examination.
About 120,300 candidates representing 45.19 per cent had F9 in the Mathematics paper, while 66, 710 had A1-C6 with 134,240 representing 50.29 per cent obtaining A1-C6 in English Language, and 50,774, representing 19.02 per cent, had F9.
The results of the other two core subjects are Integrated Science, with 62,855 representing 23.63 per cent obtaining A1-C6, while 98,933 had F9; Social Studies 138,007 representing 51.84 per cent obtained A1-C6, with 61,086 getting F9.
Rev. Ollenu said the results could be accessed by candidates online, while the hard copies had been dispatched to the various schools.
He urged the public to ignore a “whatsapp” message making rounds about the results and a purported ranking of the various schools saying, “WAEC has not and does not rank schools”.
By Charles Amankwa