The Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mrs Wendy Addy-Lamptey has revealed that teachers employed as invigilators in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are rather assisting candidates in examination malpractices at the examination centres.
Speaking in an interview with Graphic newspaper, Mrs. Addy-Lamptey advised candidates to be independent and quit relying on others for assistance in the examination halls. She added that, if candidates can manage their time well and read the questions thoroughly before answering, they will prevail in the examination.
The WAEC official’s statement is connected to the worrying incidence of twelve teachers including one headteacher who have been arrested by the Security officers from WAEC together with the National Security in the Ashanti and Bono Regions.
According to Graphic Online, the 12 persons were caught red-handed aiding in examination malpractices at two examination centres in the Offinso Municipality and Senase R/C Basic School in Berekum.
It is reported that, in one instance, a female teacher was caught collecting monies from candidates before giving the answer booklets to them yesterday during the writing of the Social Studies paper. When the invigilator was asked by the official from WAEC, she admitted collecting the money but said the students were contributing to pay her transportation fares willingly.
In the second incidence, WAEC arrested nine teachers in the Dwamena Akenten M/A JHS examination centre. The 9 were caught passionately solving the Social Studies objective question paper for candidates in the morning.
Furthermore, at the Senase R/C Basic School centre, a male invigilator was arrested for allegedly taking shots of the Social Studies paper and sending the snapshots to a friend to solve for him.
This is a good move by the Council. Meanwhile, they should as well turn his attention to the examination centres in the rural areas, where such incidence is being considered as normal.