Africa Education Watch following the release of the 2021 WASSCE for School results has called on the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to put measures in place for exams results checking to be free for all candidates.
Mr Kofi Asare, the Executive Director for the Education Think Tank appeal comes after the Management of the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) this year said WASSCE candidates can request their results via SMS for GHC 6.00.
WAEC in a blog post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh also indicated prospective Senior High School students who sat for the 2021 international examination can purchase a results checker card by dialling the short code *944#.
“The Council has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire, may access their results at the Council’s website or dial the shortcode *944#,” the Council stated in the blog post after releasing the 2021 WASSCE results.
But, the Education policy analyst has asked the Management of the West African Exams Council to make the results checking process free for all candidates and not to use that as another business to extort monies from the candidates.
A total of 446,352 candidates, made up of 221,439 (49.6%) males and 224,913 (50.4%) females from 965 schools sat for the WAEC examination. A total of 3,545 of the final year students who registered were absent from the examination.
WAEC cancelled about 1,339 subject results and 174 entire results for various exams malpractices such as bringing foreign material including mobile phones into the examination hall, tearing off parts of question papers and collusion.
The entire results of 3,667 candidates who participated in the WASSCE have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of exam malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
“The scripts of candidates from 194 schools in certain subjects have also been withheld and are being scrutinised. The withheld results may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations,” WAEC said on December 8.
The not for profit-making organization on Wednesday said its decision to cancel and withhold results of candidates follows approval by the Ghana Examinations Committee chaired by the Director-General of Ghana Education Service.
A staff of WAEC has told EducationWeb.com.gh says the investigation into withheld 2021 WASSCE for School results of candidates who sat for the 2021 edition of the international examination will not take longer than 31 days.
“We always give the benefit of the doubt, we do not just go about and cancel the papers of students, No!. We conduct investigations and ensure the results of innocent candidates are released online,” the WAEC official stated.