The Ghana Education Service (GES) following the arrest of some nine Junior High School teachers who double as invigilators at Dwamena Akenten M/A JHS examination centre has set up a committee to probe the BECE malpractice.
Chaired by the Director in charge of finance at the Ghana Education Service (GES), the four-member committee commenced the investigation into the alleged examination malpractice on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
The nine (9) teachers a source Monday told EducationWeb.com.gh were arrested while solving the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) Social Studies examination question for their candidates at the centre.
“9 teachers were arrested at the Dwamena Akenten M/A JHS examination centre after they were spotted desperately solving the objective part of the Social Studies paper in the morning,” a WAEC staff told the Daily Graphic newspaper.
According to the source, a female invigilator at the Offinso Methodist JHS examination centre was also caught the same day for allegedly collecting money from the candidates while distributing the Social Studies answer booklets.
“When the female teacher of the Offinso State ‘A’ Junior was questioned, she admitted to collecting the money but explained that the candidates decided to contribute the money to her for free,” the source told EducationWeb.
Speaking in an interview with the newspaper, the WAEC official said Ransford Osei, an invigilator, at the Senase R/C Basic School centre, was arrested for taking shots of the Social Studies paper administered Monday morning.
“Ransford Osei while being escorted by the police escaped. “Security persons of WAEC and National Security are currently searching under a manhunt to re-arrest him,” the WAEC staff familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said his outfit, WAEC, Ghana Education Service (GES) and security agencies are working hand in hand to ensure smooth conduct of the national examination.
“Let me assure you that my Ministry is working hand-in-hand with GES, WAEC, and the Security Services to ensure smooth and peaceful exams at all the 2,158 designated centres,” Dr Yaw Adutwum assured the candidates.
He has therefore urged the more than 571,000 final year Junior High School (JHS) students sitting for the 31st edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School to desist from any form of examination malpractice.
Expected to end on Friday, a total of 571, 894 candidates representing 287,605 males and 284,289 females from 18,028 Junior High Schools are participating in the examination which started on Monday, November 15, 2021.