Eleven JHS teachers and a headmaster have been arrested for their alleged involvement in examination malpractice in the ongoing 2021 BECE for School, a staff of West African Exams Council has told the Daily Graphic newspaper.
The source speaking to the newspaper on Monday said the 12 were arrested separately at two examination centres in the Offinso Municipality in the Ashanti Region and the Senase R/C Basic School in Berekum in the Bono Region.
“At the Offinso Methodist JHS examination centre, a teacher of the Offinso State ‘A’ Junior High School (JHS) was allegedly caught collecting money from the candidates while distributing the Social Studies answer booklets
When the female teacher who doubles as an invigilator was questioned, she admitted to collecting the money but explained that the candidates decided to contribute the money to her for free,” the insider told the Daily Graphic.
At the same Municipality, 9 teachers and a headteacher 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.
The WAEC official further 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 and sending them to a friend to solve for him.
Ransford Osei according to the source familiar with the matter 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 source said.
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.
“I wish to encourage candidates, invigilators, supervisors, school authorities, and teachers to observe all COVID-19 safety protocols as you write the exams devoid of all forms of examination malpractice,” the Education Minister said.
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, and is expected to end on Friday.