Africa Education Watch as part of measures to end the leakage of examination questions has urged the government to break WAEC monopoly by inviting other examining bodies to compete with the West African Examinations Council.
The Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization suggestion follows an independent assessment of the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE which indicated questions papers leaked some minutes ahead of the examination.
Education Watch aside the government inviting other examining organizations to break the monopoly enjoyed by WAEC has asked for the use of mobile phones by students to be banned in all Senior High Schools (SHSs).
This Mr Kofi Asare, the Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch speaking at the launch of the 2020 WASSCE report monitored by EducationWeb said this will improve standards under the proposed Regulator of Assessments.
“The Education Ministry must set up a regulator of assessment to regulate WAEC before their activities become ungovernable. Break WAEC monopoly, they operate in other countries, but they do not have a monopoly in Nigeria, for instance,” he stated.
According to him, there are several international examining bodies operating in the pre-tertiary education space specifically in the private sector that can similar conduct examinations and assess the final year students in the country
“These groups’ reputations are not in question as one hardly hears of any leakage in examination papers. Our recommendation is that it is long overdue for Ghana to consider inviting some healthy competition in the Public Pre-Tertiary Examinations Sector to improve standards under the proposed Regulator of Assessments,” Mr Asare noted.
The Education Think has also urged for the Education Ministry to liaise with Ghana Education Service and Ghana Police Service and to investigate and prosecute offenders responsible for the leakage of examiners contacts from WAEC’s Headquarters.