Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, at the examination centre
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, at the examination centre

Education Minister commends WAEC for fighting exams malpractice

The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has eulogised the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for making giant strides towards curtailing examination malpractices in the country.

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He pledged the ministry’s preparedness to continue collaborating with WAEC and other stakeholders towards winning the fight against exam malpractice in the country. Dr Adutwum announced this after visiting the Accra College of Education Demonstration School to monitor the ongoing BECE last Monday.

A total of 570,461 candidates are currently writing the exams in 2,123 centres across the country. The exams would be used as the means of determining the qualification for the candidates’ selection of courses at the senior high school level as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions next academic year.

The Education Minister said although the serialisation of exam questions which started three years ago had been successful, they were now considering introducing e-testing. Dr Adutwum was convinced that the e-testing would eventually lead to a computer selecting a set of questions for every student to help prevent exam malpractices.

He wished all the candidates writing the exams well and prayed that they worked very hard so that they would pass well to benefit from the government’s free SHS programme.

The Ayawaso West Municipal Director of Education, Margaret Kaba, assured the minister that everything possible would be done to ensure that the exams were conducted without any incident.

She hinted that a total of 1,345 candidates were writing the BECE in the municipality of which 695 were boys and the remaining 650 were girls.

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