Education Think Tank – Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) says the Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with WAEC is considering introducing an unbreakable questions box to end cases of examination questions leakage.
In a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh, the Education Watch said the unbreakable questions box with a digital seal and biometric access powered by a universal/GSM SIM and a battery will last for a maximum of 14 days.
“Immediately the seal is broken to remove a question paper, the SIM will transmit information on location, the fingerprint of intruder and serial number of centre/depot whose pack was broken ahead of exam to WAEC Accra
Once we know where Centers and who opened question packs earlier than 30 minutes before the start of a paper, the problem is 80% solved. The rest is external invigilation with CCTVs at centres to detect cheating,” EduWatch stated.
The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on Monday during his visit to some WASSCE centres also revealed the government is considering serialization of the questions papers to strengthen the examination papers security.
This he said means there may be 10 different sets of questions for a particular paper at a Centre. Eg. Kofi may have to answer 10 math questions different from Ama, even though they are all students of KASS writing the same Core Math.
“MoE and WAEC are putting in place measures to curb the practice through serialization and digitization which leads to the setting of 10 different versions of the same examination making it extremely difficult to cheat,” Yaw Osei stated.