Effective this morning, a total of 268,771 candidates will be writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which is a very important step in the journey into the academia and the world of work.

The WASSCE which is held in other West African countries, would thus define the future of the candidates.

However, this is one examination which has been fraught with malpractices, and sometimes led to either the withholding or total cancellation of results and the total banning of examination centres.

Cheating in examinations is an age-old phenomenon which continues to plague examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Thankfully, the examination body, has acted swiftly, whenever such malpractices occur and punished the culprits involved.

This has enabled it to keep its integrity intact, and made its certificates acceptable, all over world.

Many students, invigilators as well as teachers have faced sanctions in the past for indulging, or being accomplices in exam malpractices.

We pray that this year’s examination would be incident-free, and urge the students not to fall into temptations that would jeopardise their future.

Any unacceptable conduct during the examinations, would undermine its credibility and put the results in serious doubt.

It is our fervent hope that teachers have prepared the students enough not to fear, and eliminated the tendency of indulging in malpractices in them.

We also hope that the Ghana Education Service, the WAEC itself and the security agencies, have taken the necessary measures to ensure adequate security at all the examination centres, so as to maintain the integrity of the WASSCE.

We are aware of situations where some invigilators have collected monies from the students, compromised their positions and allowed them to cheat at examinations, and hope such deviant behaviour would not occur this time round.

It is disturbing that as a country, examination malpractices are still a canker, but we hope this year’s WASSCE would pass without hitches.

Once again, we wish all the candidates the best of luck!

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