The organizers of the WASSCE for School examination say it is considering using mobile phone jammers at various exam centres to reduce cases of examination malpractices and mobile phone usage in the examination hall.
WAEC’s decision follows reports that some candidates who sat for last year’s WASSCE sneaked into the examination room with smartphones, an act the Council has described as the worst form of examination malpractice.
Speaking at Press Briefing monitored by Educationweb.com.gh, the Head of WAEC National Office hinted her outfit this year will use mobile phone jammers to disconnect internet access for available phones at exam centres.
Mrs. Wendy Andy-Lamptey’s comment comes after a Journalist suggested for the Examinations Council to shut down the internet in Ghana during the conduct of the national examination including BECE for School Candidates.
“Our exams span 6 weeks and indeed there is no way we can shut down the internet for 6 weeks, most of the countries that do that usually conduct their examination in one or two days”, the WAEC official told journalists.
She added that “but we are looking at using mobile phone jammers at examination centres, so even if you have a phone or any internet-connected device at the centre you will not be able to connect to the internet.”
Mrs. Wendy emphasized that the non-profit-making organization this year is currently considering the use of mobile phone jammers and other similar devices and not a temporal shut down of the internet nationwide.