In recent times, concerns have arisen over WAEC- BECE grades, withheld results, and the challenges faced by students seeking justice in their educational pursuits. While these issues may seem like isolated incidents, they underscore a systemic need for change in the examination regulatory framework in Ghana.
It’s essential to recognize that challenges with examination outcomes are not unique to any particular country. However, the crucial distinction lies in the recourse available to individuals facing such issues. In advanced nations, an independent regulator serves as a platform for seeking redress, ensuring impartiality in the resolution process. In contrast, in Ghana, the only avenue for appeal remains within the same institution—WAEC.
Eduwatch, amidst WAEC’s resistance, has persistently advocated for a transformative shift in Ghana’s education landscape. The call is for the establishment of an independent regulatory body overseeing all examination entities, not solely focusing on WAEC. Such a regulatory body typically operates a dedicated Office of Public Complaints, providing an impartial forum for addressing grievances related to alleged unfair treatment by exam bodies. The goal is to ensure independent and swift investigations leading to resolutions.
To bring about this change, an amendment of both the WAEC Act and the Education Regulatory Agencies Act is imperative. This amendment would empower the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) with the necessary regulatory mandate. The envisioned result is a more transparent and accountable examination system, fostering trust among students, parents, and educational stakeholders.
Until this reform materializes, those facing challenges in the current system find themselves in the paradoxical position of having to appeal to the very entity they perceive as the ‘oppressor.’ The advocacy for an independent regulatory body is not just a call for change; it’s a quest for a fair, efficient, and accountable educational system in Ghana.
Credit: Kofi Asare, Eduwatch