The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says invigilators last year caught some WASSCE candidates with foreign materials inside the nose masks provided to prevent them from contracting the deadly novel coronavirus.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the Head, Post Examinations Department – WAEC, Rosemond Wilson said such candidates were made to fill a form to indicate they engaged in exams malpractices.
“During the conduct of last year’s WASSCE, some candidates sitting for the examination were caught with textbooks in the examination hall, others too wrote answers for the questions in their nose mask,” the WAEC official stated.
Asked what measures have been put in place by WAEC to ensure cases of examination malpractice are not recorded this year, Mrs Wilson said supervisors and invigilators have been advised to search the final year students thoroughly.
“This year WAEC has engaged the invigilators, supervisors and any person who will be associated with the conduct of the examination to be vigilant and monitor the activities of the candidates in the examination room,” she noted.
The non-profit-making organization (WAEC) in early September 2021, will commence the administration of the 2021 edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for all candidates in the country.
According to the Examinations Council, 446,321 final year SHS students representing 221,437 males and 224,884 females from 965 Senior High Schools (SHSs) have prepared to sit for the international examinations at 763 centres.
The West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates when commenced from Wednesday, September 1, 2021, according to the 2021 WASSCE timetable will end on Friday, October 8, 2021.