The activities of rogue website operators and social media scammers whose primary aim is to make money at the expense of the credibility of examinations are one of the major challenges of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mrs Wendy E. Addy Lamptey, Head of National Office, WAEC, has said.
She said, “even before we begin the conduct of this year’s WASSCE, the nefarious activities of these scammers have already started.”
This year, the Council recognised the achievements of two cohorts of candidates because it was unable to organise the awards ceremony for WASSCE, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Lamptey appealed to the awardees to be worthy ambassadors in the fight against examination malpractice, adding, “we believe that your peers will heed your call when you join us in our crusade.”
“We wish to reiterate that safeguarding the sanctity of our examinations is a collective responsibility,” She added.
Mrs Lamptey said the Council’s preparation for this year’s examinations was on course and hinted at a second webinar series for supervisors and invigilators on their role in upholding the integrity of examinations.
She said sensitisation programmes for candidates were currently ongoing across the country with candidates being taken through the “do’s and don’ts” of examinations.
She reminded candidates that they could pass their examinations without cheating, adding they should also access the Chief Examiners’ report on the Council’s website to obtain useful information on examinations.
Mrs Lamptey further cautioned candidates to stay away from all websites that purportED to have timetables for upcoming examinations, saying the Council had made available credible examination timetables to all Heads of Schools.
Mr Parteh Bah, Registrar of WAEC, noted that at the international level, Ghana continued to produce award winners each year.
“WAEC monitors the progress of its award winners. We have found over the years that they all maintain top-notch performance in their academic pursuits and chosen careers in different parts of the world,” Mr Bah said.
The second prize went to Mr Godfred Aseda Obeng, former Student of Hope College, Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.
Ms Afua Maukure Ansah, a former student of Achimota School received the third prize.
The WASSCE for school candidates, the 2021 first prize winner in Ghana went to Mr Asante Kwame Brako, a former student of Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon, and a contestant and winner of the 2021 Accra Regional Maths and Science quiz Competition.
Mr Ohene-Amoani Kwaku, the former student of St James Seminary Senior High School, took the second prize.
The third prize went to Korang Ageyi Ransford Nana, a former student of St James Seminary Senior High School.
Other students who excelled in other programmes received various awards.
The awardees were given laptops and cash prizes.