How WAEC will arrest candidates from private schools registering to write BECE in GES public schools

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is making every effort to stifle the registration of applicants who are not competent for its school exams.

This is especially true for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), when some parents collude with institutions, primarily public ones, to register and administer the tests at private institutions for their children.

In order to register their children, who are in JHS one or two, with the registration school’s final year pupils, some parents also collude with the heads of some public and private schools.

The WAEC views both situations as offenses if they are discovered. While the institution, if public, is reported to the Ghana Education Service (GES) for disciplinary action to be taken against it, and when it is a private school, it could be de-recognized as an exam center, the unqualified applicant can have his results nullified.

Therefore, in an effort to put an end to the practice, WAEC has made significant measures to deal with such difficulties.

“From now on, we’ll make sure the problem of registering ineligible candidates doesn’t arise.”

The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey, told Rapid News, “What we will be doing is that we will be picking up data the year before and so, once we pick up the data, we will have all these candidates unique numbers and their final year, you can only register them with these unique numbers.”

In response to exam misconduct in the exam rooms, she declared that WAEC would reintroduce the serialization of question papers from last year.

The actions of malicious websites, which once “flooded their portals with supposed answers to our objective questions do not come in because they cannot tell which of the versions a candidate is using,” according to her, have been curbed by serialization.

Even though it had come to the attention of the exams board that some of the portals are claiming that they have confirmed WAEC questions, the activities of such rogue websites had decreased as a result.

Mrs. Addy-Lamptey responded by advising candidates to stay away from those websites because they could endanger their future.

She cautioned the applicants to avoid being persuaded to sign up for questionable WhatsApp groups and websites because those groups had a history of exposing users to the risk of having their exam papers or, in some cases, entire results, revoked.

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