Tuesday, June 23, 2015

THE PRIVATE Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has called  on government to investigate authorities at the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) following an unpardonable leakage of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) papers that forced authorities to cancel the exams and order a re-sit.

According to PUSAG, the leakage poses a threat to undermine the credibility of the Ghanaian educational system.

Speaking to the DAILY GUIDE in Accra, Media Relations Officer of PUSAG, Raphael Apetorgbor, said the phenomenon is deplorable and must be rooted out.

He said stern action must also be taken in order to restore public confidence in the credibility of WAEC.

“We want a full-fledged investigation into this leakage and for heads to roll and for decisive actions to be taken because if we don’t do that we will be gambling with the future of our young Ghanaians.

“It is unfair for the pupils -as it would be mental torture for them- to have to re-sit the five papers. Not only have the pupils been stressed out, parents as well have all been tensed up by the issue,” he stated.

Mr Apetorgbor called on stakeholders, including parents, students to join hands in curbing the malpractice and the leakage of examination questions.

“The battle against leakage of papers cannot be won by WAEC alone. There needs to be concerted efforts from parents, teachers and candidates themselves to forward whenever they suspect that someone has examination papers.”

PUSAG urged teachers to work hard so that pupils pass and stop coming up with criminal ways to achieving good results.

“PUSAG believes government has to work hard to improve the education system which is now the envy of many across the Africa sub- region and we must not allow such efforts to be destroyed by irresponsible people,” he said.

The media relations officer further advised WAEC to put appropriate measures in place to prevent examination leakages in future.

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) last week Wednesday cancelled five BECE papers after it detected a massive leakage of the questions on social media.

The examination council explained that the cancellation was necessary in order to protect the integrity of the examination.


Meanwhile, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is investigating the leakage and some top officials of WAEC have been questioned.

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