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2022 WASSCE: NIB, Parliament must step in to prevent fraud – Eduwacth Ghana

Policy Think Tank, Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch Ghana), is making a strong recommendation including the active involvement of Parliament to prevent mass leakages ahead of this year’s West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE 2022.

The recommendation follows failure on the part of the examining body and government by extension, to severely punish those involved on the mass leakages over the past two years.

In a statement, the Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization cited its WASSCE 2021 Monitoring Report which unearthed widespread examination fraud and malpractices involving external invigilators and some school authorities, through the leakage, sales, and foreknowledge of some questions on social media and other related platforms ahead of the scheduled exams.

According to Eduwatch, here seem to be no interest in sanctioning persons found culpable, almost ten (10) months after stakeholder engagements on its critical revelations.

The statement noted with concern that on 15th September 2021, it presented a formal petition containing very crucial information on the criminal activities it submitted to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department, yet no verifiable steps have been taken since.

With just one month to the commencement of WASSCE 2022, Eduwatch is calling for deeper involvement of critical institutions to prevent collusion that could further mar the integrity of the exams and the future of Ghana’s education sector.

Eduwatch said while commitments by the sector Ministry and WAEC including the resolve to serialize questions, strengthen external invigilation, and legal reforms to criminalize examination malpractices, are welcome, it has become necessary at this stage to institute stringer measures to block cartels involved.
The recommendations are as follows.

1. The MoE should engage the NIB to oversee the printing and distribution of WASSCE 2022 papers.

2. The Inspector General of Police should intervene to expedite action on the various WASSCE 2021 examination fraud complaints and petitions.

3. The MoE and WAEC should convene a stakeholder meeting to discuss progress in implementing post-WASSCE 2021 commitments and various stakeholder roles in ensuring a fair and credible WASSCE 2022.

4. The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education must take a keen interest in the implementation progress of commitments made by the Police, MoE, WAEC, and GES at its convening in Koforidua on October 21, 2021, as we approach WASSCE 2022.

It also called for increased stakeholder involvement including parents, students, school authorities, WAEC, MoE, GES, Civil Society Organizations, the Ghana Police Service, and other Justice Sector Institutions to ensure Ghana’s pre tertiary assessment system conforms to international standards.

 

By Eric Ahianyo/myxyzonline.com

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