General News of Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has said any official of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) found liable over the leakage of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) questions must be punished.
The Association said the leakage threatened to undermine the credibility of the nation’s educational system.
Mr Raphael Apetorgbor, the Media Relations Officer of PUSAG, told the Ghana News Agency in Accra, that examination leakages were deplorable and must be rooted out.
The Media Relations Officer of PUSAG said stern action needed to be taken to restore public confidence in WAEC’s credibility.
He said: “We want fully-fledged investigation into this leakage and for heads to roll and for decisive actions to be taken because if we don’t do that, we are gambling with the future of young Ghanaians.”
“It is unfair for the pupils as it will be mental torture for them to have to re-sit the five papers,” he said. “Not only have the pupils been stressed out, parents too are all tensed up by the issue.”
Mr Apetorgbor called on stakeholders, including parents and students, to join hands in curbing the malpractice.
He said examination leakages compromised the quality of education in the country.
“PUSAG is urging teachers to work hard so that their pupils pass, and stop coming up with illicit means to achieve good results for them,” he said.
The WAEC last week cancelled five BECE papers after it detected a massive leakage of the questions on social media, forcing the authorities to order a re-sit.
WAEC explained that the cancellation was necessary in order to protect the integrity of the examination.
Currently, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is investigating the leakage and some top officials of WAEC have been reportedly questioned.