A Fellow at the Centre for Social Justice, Nii Armah Addy, has said that examinations body, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has failed over the years following the leakages of examination papers in Ghana.
He explained that leakages of the papers have become the norm in Ghana following the premium placed on examination as the only way to assess students.
WAEC on Wednesday, September 15, was compelled to reschedule some two papers over what it described as observed exam irregularities.
The Council feared the papers – Physics and Business Management – were leaked.
The Head of the Council’s Test Administration Division, George Ohene-Mantey, said at a press conference that “The cheating social media groups were in full swing prior to the conduct of the mathematics and the English language papers on 9th and 13th September.”
“After the administration of the test, careful scrutiny of the several versions [of suspected leaks] received indicated that extracts of parts of the questions in mathematics elective two and section A of English Language two were circulated on social media platforms.”
Mr Addy told journalists in Accra on Thursday that “WAEC as managers of examinations has failed.
“This is what you get when passing examination becomes a populist agenda.”
Regarding a decision by parliament to haul WAEC to answer questions regarding the leakages, he said “As the law makers, parliament has the right to haul WAEC before parliament to look into ways forward in order to improve the quality of examination.
“The first stop should have been the Ministry of Education which has the direct responsibility and the GES, they should have been the first port of call because WAEC is serving under the ministry of education.”