Questions leakage-free and 31st edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates which commenced on Monday, November 15, 2021, is expected to end Friday, November 19, 2021, nationwide.
A total of 571,894 final year Junior High School (JHS) students made up of 287,605 boys and 284,289 girls from 18,028 Junior High Schools sat for the national examination at 2,158 centres across the country.
Out of the total number, 264,750 according to the National Executive Director for the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr Enoch Gyetuah were candidates from more than 5,000 private Junior High Schools.
A total of 2,158 supervisors, 20,124 invigilators and 1,853 Assistant supervisors were associated with the administration of the ending 2021 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates.
Prospective candidates on Monday started the Basic Examination with Social Studies and French (Essay and Objectives). They will today end it with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Paper 1 & 2.
Ahead of the national examination, the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) advised them to desist from any form of examination malpractice that could lead to the cancellation of the entire or some of their subject results.
Invigilators and supervisors also were urged to comport themselves but sadly, 12 teachers were arrested at centres in the Offinso Municipality in the Ashanti Region and the Senase R/C Basic School in Berekum in the Bono Region.
They according to a source familiar with the matter were apprehended for their alleged involvement in examination malpractice, an act West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said is the worst form of exams fraud.
Speaking to EducationWeb.com.gh on Tuesday, the source said 9 teachers and a headmaster were arrested on Monday, November 15, 2021, separately at two examination centres in the Offinso Municipality in the Ashanti Region.
The 9 teachers and the headteacher he said 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.
At the Offinso Methodist JHS examination centre, a teacher of the Offinso State ‘A’ Junior High School (JHS) was also caught collecting money from the candidates while distributing the Social Studies answer booklets.
A staff of the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) Thursday told the media his outfit has set up a committee to investigate the alleged examination malpractice involving teachers at the Offinso examination centres.
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.