General News of Wednesday, 24 October 2018
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has directed 471 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates, whose results have been withheld, to make themselves available to its district and regional offices to be heard before it concludes investigations into their alleged irregularities during this year’s BECE in June.
According to WAEC, it had done its own investigations and would also want to hear from the candidates before winding up.
Consequently, it had published in the Friday, October 19 issue of the Daily Graphic, the index numbers and schools of the affected candidates and the WAEC offices they were supposed to report to on October 25 and 26, 2018.
“The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is in the process of concluding its investigations into alleged examination irregularities that occurred during the BECE for school candidates, 2018.
In the light of the above, headmasters of the schools are kindly requested to liaise with the metropolitan, municipal and district directors of education to present the candidates with the following index numbers to the WAEC Branch Office on the dates stated.
“It is important to note that failure of the parties concerned to comply with the notice shall compel the council to take action as appropriate,” WAEC said in the publication.
Throwing more light on the publication, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, told the Daily Graphic that WAEC decided to publish the index numbers and schools of the candidates because it was finding it difficult to get to them.
“When we are investigating, we go through the headmasters and education directors.
Some of the heads tell you that they have not been able to get in touch with the students and we want to use every available means to be able to reach out to them,” she said.
She said the council believed that the publication in the Daily Graphic would go a long way to get the candidates, adding that, “we are serious about getting the candidates”.
Again Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said the publication was a proof that the council had given enough notice to candidates for hearing because, “we want to conclude the investigations and move on”.
“That is why we want to use every available means to reach them”.
Each candidate, the WAEC PRO said, had certain subjects being withheld and that it was not all their subjects that had been affected.
“Their results are being held for particular subjects. Unless it is an impersonation, we would withhold a particular subject, some English, some Mathematics.
“This is the first time we are making a publication like this,” she said.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said although the evidence against each of the candidates was very strong, it was just fair to hear from them.
She said if the candidates failed to show up, the council would have no option but to cancel the results, saying that the objective of the exercise was to finish with the investigations before the Green Track people got to school on November 8.
“We want to finish this before the Green Track students go to school on November 8.
You know some of them are waiting for these results so that they can go to school.
That is our target and we are working to make sure that we finish everything and conclude our investigations so that those who can be placed can go ahead and be placed,” she said.
She said candidates of schools in Accra who had their results withheld had submitted themselves to the council and that it was left with those in the other regions.