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Universities May Reject WASSCE Results Over Recurring Leakages; Entrance Exams Considered

The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Angel Carbonu has hinted that Ghanaian universities and other tertiary education institutions would soon reject results produced by the West African Examination Council for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to the recurring leakages of examination papers. According to him, the credibility of results that have been churned out over the past years has been questioned by academic institutions abroad and even locally as a result of these leakages.

 

He argued that most tertiary institutions are worried about the admissions they grant students from the high schools in the face of this educational threat. Mr Carbonu stressed that WASSCE has failed to produce results of the true performance of students owing to the corrupt nature of the examining body and the system deployed for administering tests for final year students at the various Senior High Schools in the West African sub-region.

 

Speaking with Citi Fm's Eyewitness News this evening, Mr Carbonu said conversations around the conduct of a second examination is being taken among stakeholders, adding that he would not be surprised if universities begin to restrict their admissions to independent entrance examinations.

 

He indicated that the surest way to filter deserving students from those whose results were secured from various forms of examination malpractices including paper leakages is for these tertiary institutions to administer these entrance examinations to validate the results they attach to their applications for admissions.

 

"Universities may consider an entrance examination for students if this persists. The WASSCE results will be rejected because of these exams leakages, and this is expected to happen anytime soon," he added.

 

Several other actors within the education sector have expressed worry at the spate at which exams papers have been leaking especially this year. EduWatch an educational think tank in Ghana have reported on these happenings and demanded some mediation is undertaken by the examining body; WAEC, to plug this leakage.

 

However, WAEC has been reluctant in admitting there is a flaw within their internal control systems to check on these leakages. So far, more than three papers have leaked this year.

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