WAEC Releases Withheld Results
Senior High Schools (SHS) which had their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results withheld on grounds of examination malpractices will begin receiving their results this week.
Rev. Simon Asige, director for Secondary Education at the Ghana Education Service (GES) said investigations into the allegations of examination irregularities of the 77 affected schools have concluded and some result would be released.
“Those students whose results have been withheld are as a result of irregularities. By the end of this week some results will be released because they would have finished with the investigations,” he said.
He however said that where investigations proved that there were indeed some malpractices the results would be cancelled.
Rev. Asige also debunked the misconception that student results were being withheld and rather said the results had been blocked as a result of non payment of fees.
“We asked the exams council to block their results. They should go and declare that they have paid and show evidence of payment and then the results will be released to the schools,” he said.
Rev. Asige made this revelation at the opening ceremony of the third Human Rights and Integrity Camp for Senior High Schools in the country.
The 120 participating students drawn from 60 SHS across the country with their 20 patrons would be groomed by Human Rights experts on skills such as self-esteem, non-discrimination, assertiveness and self actualization.
The camp themed, “Ambassadors for social change,” will also provide the participants the opportunity to visit the Commission on Human Right and Administration Justice (CHRAJ) and the judicial Service where they would interact with officials on human right violations.
Speaking to the students on examination malpractices, Rev. Asige said it was pathetic to see the results of a lot of students being cancelled because of exanimation malpractices.
He said the students should take serious the ban of foreign materials like phones and papers which when found on any student would result in the paper being cancelled.
“This time around we have even modified that rule. Immediately you are found with a mobile phone, your entire results, not the subject, but your entire results will be cancelled, and you will be banned from writing the exams as far as WACCE is the body that is organizing it,” he said.
Rev. Asige urged the students not to turn a blind eye to the menace but to be good ambassadors of change.
Joseph Whittal, deputy commissioner at CHRAJ, said the theme reflected the commission’s commitment to actively promote the principle of children’s participation in national governance.
He said children who are involved in making decisions about their lives and who are informed about their rights often felt privileged to take on the responsibility of informing others in their community about their knowledge.
“The more children become engaged, the more likely the programmes and policies that are developed to assist them will be able to respond effectively to their needs and the needs of their families and communities,” he said.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri