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Bad Actions Of Invigilators During The 2020 WASSCE Revealed By African Education Watch

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Several incidents took place during last year's West African Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) organized by WAEC. Many allegations were made concerning the leakage of papers and the breach in confidentiality by leakage of the names and contact details of examiners.

Fortunately, a lot of Ghanaian students passed the external exams successfully. It was earlier reported this year that the majority of Ghanaians had excellent grades compared to other nationals who sat for the exams.

Education Think Tank, African Education Watch also raised a lot of concerns about the various incidents which occurred during the examination period. The organization went ahead to conduct a research with the aim of assessing last year's WASSCE. The report of Africa Education Watch titled, "An independent assessment of the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE by WAEC" shows the various findings that were obtained after the research. This highlights the various forms of examination malpractices and irregularities that occurred during the exams.

The report reveals that invigilators played a role which contributed to examination malpractices. It said that a number of invigilators assisted students to cheat during the examination. The reports adds that the problem of invigilators helping students to pass their examinations cannot be solved if teachers are used as invigilators. It said that teachers who are also employed by WAEC as invigilators of the examination also have interest in the examination of their students. Thus they [the teachers] do not have any option than to help them [their students] pass the examination. Several examples of invigilators getting involved in various forms of examination malpractices were cited in the report. This includes

- The incident where a Mathematics teacher in Kade Senior High Technical School took snapshots of the Integrated Science question paper and sent it to someone outside the examination hall for it to be solved and smuggled back to him via WhatsApp. The teacher was then caught while he was dictating the answers to the students in the hall.

- The arrest of some 9 WAEC supervisors and a dispatcher at the Christ Ambassador School of Excellence in Dansoman, Accra who were known to be involved in leaking question papers and were also on their way to deliver some of the papers on the day of their arrest.

The Executive Director at Africa Education Watch, Mr. Kofi Asare has thus called for perpetrators who were involved in the various acts of examination malpractice to be prosecuted rather than they being interdicted by the Ministry of Education .

The 21-page document of the independent assessment of the WASSCE by the organization (Africa Education Watch) can be obtained by clicking the link below:

https://citinewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/THE-2020-WASSCE-REPORT.pdf

Credit (Link): citinewsroom.com

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