Supervisors told not to teach candidates

BY: Emmanuel Bonney / Junior Graphic / Ghana

The Head of the National Office of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC), Very Rev. Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu, has charged the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that supervisors of examinations do not assist   candidates to cheat during examinations.

He pointed out that although the supervisors, who were also teachers, thought they were  helping candidates, they were indirectly risking the future of those candidates.

“At the depots,  he said, the supervisors would take some of the question papers, answer them and then pass them on to the children”,  Mr Ollenu said in response to a question posed by a Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Alex Kyeremeh, on what was responsible for the continuous incidents of examination malpractice.

Very Rev. Ollennu said teachers who supervised the examinations need to stop giving answers to candidates during examinations.

Examination malpractice, he said, was a canker that needed to be dealt with, and that WAEC had tightened security to prevent the leakage of examination questions.

 “Let’s identify the source of the examination malpractice. Maybe we can get the security agencies to help,” the minister said when he paid a working visit to the headquarters of WAEC in Accra.

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The visit of the minister was to afford him the opportunity to acquaint himself with the operations and challenges of the council.

Very Rev. Ollennu asked the minister to use his good offices to educate teachers on the need to maintain the standards in all examinations since malpractices were high.

As part of efforts to address the problem, he said, from 2014, supervisors would be swapped and invigilators would not be allowed to carry mobile phones during examinations.

For his part, Mr Kyeremeh underscored the need for a collective action by all to deal with the problem.