GES begins serious investigations into alleged leaked exam papers

Date published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

Ghana's Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

A news release issued by the Ghana Education Service has disclosed it is conducting serious investigations into the alleged question papers leakage on social media platforms.

Reports were that some of the examination question papers including Oral English, Integrated Science paper, Social Studies and Physics had all been compromised on the day of writing those papers and some students in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions had access and capitalized on them.

“The attention of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) has been drawn to the alleged fore-knowledge of question papers of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in some schools particularly on social media platforms in parts of the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions,” it said.

Disclosing, “The WASSCE has earnestly launched a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain the facts.”

The move has since spurred investigations into how it happened.

The statement signed by Rev. Jonathan Bettey, Director of Public Relations at the GES expressed regrets that such a situation had befallen the educational system of the country.

“It is highly regrettable and unfortunate that this alleged fore-knowledge has happened,” it said.

The GES, therefore, cautioned the perpetrators to desist from such activities and assured parents that any staff found culpable would be dealt with accordingly.

“We would like to use this opportunity to caution all such persons who might have acted in any way to suggest the circulation of questions and content to candidates, aiding students in the examination hall, colluding and conniving with any stakeholder in the quality assurance value chain of the examination to desist completely from it with immediate effect.”

It further urged all candidates and parents/guardians to remain calm and focused in the wake of this unfortunate situation as the investigation continues.

Leaked question papers

WAEC said in a statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, WAEC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs yesterday, that the leaked papers would not be cancelled.

“The papers already written will not be cancelled," it stated.

Instead, the remaining papers would be taken as scheduled and investigations would continue while persons found culpable "will be appropriately sanctioned.”

Heads must roll

Executive Director for VIAM Africa (Ghana), Dr. Prince Armah in an interview with an Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, called for the immediate resignation of the Head of National Office of WAEC, Very Rev. Samuel Nii Nmai Ollennu.

“Elsewhere, the WAEC director would have resigned. WAEC is responsible for organizing examinations. They are supposed to protect the integrity of the exam. If anything happens that undermines the integrity of the exams, they must be blamed.”

He noted thorough investigations ought to be conducted into the leaks and the culprits brought to book.

This, he indicated,  "hasn’t happened once, it hasn’t happened twice, it has been very consistent. We have come to a point in our life as a country that we need to get our independent examination body that can conduct exam for only Ghanaians and whose credibility can be vouched for.”


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