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[Kindly Note]: No Papers Will Leak In This Year's BECE - WAEC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) said it had implemented strict security measures to prevent this year's Basic Education Examination Document (BECE) from leaking.

According to WAEC, employees at the National Bureau of Intelligence (NIB) have overseen the production process - printing, sorting, and packaging of paper - and are confident there will be no leaks. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, director of public relations for the WAEC National Service, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the council has also increased the number of landfills where classified material is kept under close surveillance.

He said that increased security would ensure documents would not be leaked before and during the exam, and warned the public to be careful of people selling fake exam papers. He said all Covid-19 safety protocols would be followed during the review, which will start Monday 15 November and end on Friday 19 November.

Not only that, but he said that all candidates would be provided with hand sanitizer and that "if a candidate is sick or has a medical report, the commission will investigate the situation and make a decision". Meanwhile, Kofi Assare, managing director of Africa Education Watch, said there was not enough assurance from WAEC that BECE would be leak-free this year.

He said that after the historic forerunner of the WAEC exam, one can only hope that inspection bodies will furnish their homes to "avoid fear of what will happen to the West African High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) this year." “… from WAEC we can't guarantee that there will be no leakage, but we can only hope that WAEC cleans his house and prevents a repeat of the WASSCE incident this year.

Mr Peter Korda, director of public relations at the National Teachers Association of Ghana (GNAT), said he expected better results from BECE this year despite the long hiatus from Covid-19. He said the teachers were doing their best to follow the curriculum after 10 months of absence last year.

"Covid-19 is encouraging teachers to do more to prepare students well for exams through additional courses and online training and assignments," he said, advising candidates to adhere to exam rules and instructions.

Data from the Ghana Education Service shows that a total of 571,894 students will attend BECE this year at 2,158 centers across the country. In 2020 and 2019, a total of 531,707 and 517,332 candidates took the exam.

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Agnes Teye-Cudjoe Ghana News Agency National Bureau of Intelligence WAEC West African Examinations Council


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