The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has withheld the entire results of candidates from 321 schools that wrote this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for alleged examination malpractices.
A statement signed and issued in Accra yesterday, by the Head of Public Affiars of WAEC, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe,said the results have been withheld pending the outcome of investigations into the irregularities.
It said the council has also cancelled the entire results of 22 candidates for bringing mobile phones to examination halls and receiving external assistance.
“One hundred eighty-eight candidates had their subject results cancelled,” it said.
The statement said individual candidates from about 1,025 students who cheated in the objective test had their subject results cancelled.
It said the council arrived at such a decision after a software known as the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) had detected collusion in the results of the candidates.
“The council therefore wishes to use the opportunity to advise candidates to do independent work in the examination hall and not to seek any form of illegal assistance as such acts would be detected,” the statement said.
In all, a total number of 461,012 candidates, including 239,963 males and 221,050 females, 57 visually impaired candidates, 192,539 French candidates and 441,561 candidates of Information Communication Technology (ICT) drawn from 14,267 schools sat for the examination.
The examination was manned by 1,598 supervisors, 1,515 assistant supervisors and 15,695 invigilators.
The statement said the results had been posted online and candidates who desired to access their results should do so on www.waecgh.org, the website of the council.
By Times Reporter