A former Director-Genera of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Aheto Tsega as part of an effort to curb examination malpractice has called on the central government to declare such a fraud as a criminal offence.
In his address at Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) monitoring report launch, he said the exam malpractice WAEC has described as the worst form of exams fraud should not be considered as a misdemeanour but rather a crime.
“Our sanctions for examination malpractice are all misdemeanour but let’s move from it and make that a criminal action such that individuals who are caught in exams malpractice will face the law based on criminal activity,” he stated.
Mr Charles suggestion follows the interdiction of some eleven teachers of the Ghana Education Service (GES) who according to WAEC engaged in examination malpractice during the conduct of 2020 WASSCE and BECE for School.
The Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the 11 teachers pending the termination of their teaching appointments contributed to examination fraud last two years.
The sacked teachers before their dismissal the Deputy Director-General of GES said were invited to appear before a committee at the GES headquarters, Accra, for a hearing over the allegations of their engagement in exam malpractice.
“During the GES committee hearing the eleven teachers admitted the act, contrary to Section 3.32 (III) of the code of conduct for staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES),” a statement signed by Mr Anthony Boateng stated.
The statement further said, “Because of that, management directs that the appointment of the officers be terminated from the Ghana Education Service in line with Section 4.3(IV) as contained in the code of conduct for staff of GES.”
The leadership of the Education Service has consequently directed for the interdiction of the affected teachers adding that the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council in due course will endorse the termination of their appointment.
“It is in the view of the Management that since it is major misconduct, the implementation of the sanctions will act as a deterrent to other staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES),” the letter signed by GES Director-General noted.