The West African Examinations Council says it during the conduct of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination recorded 511 cases of mobile phones at various WASSCE halls or centres across the country.
The Head of Science, Maths and Technical subject Department – WAEC speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said 103 cases were recorded in 2018, 188 in 2019 and more than 500 last year.
According to Mr John Kweku Appiah, prospective candidates who were caught with mobile phones in the examination hall during the administration of the past WASSCE for School had all their entire 2020 WASSCE results cancelled.
Giving statistics on cases of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) malpractice, he said 2,787 final year students in 2018 engaged in examination irregularities with 8,871 in 2019 and 6,831 in 2020.
“So by way of statistics WAEC in 2018 had 2,787 candidates generally who were involved in examination irregularities, 2019 it was 8,871 and last year it came down a little, it was 6,831,” the WAEC official stated.
Asked what measures have been put in place to avoid cases of candidates bringing mobile phones to the exams hall this year, Mr John said WAEC is engaging stakeholders who are mainly supervisors and invigilators on the way forward.
A staff of the Examinations Council has told EducationWeb.com.gh his outfit this year will use mobile phone jammers at various exam centres to reduce cases of examination malpractices and mobile phone usage in the examination hall.
“WAEC is considering 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,” he disclosed.