The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it has cancelled 5 papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) after discovering to its dismay the papers have been compromised.
The papers involved are:
- English Language 2,
Religious and Moral Education 2;
Integrated Science 2;
Social Studies 2
The June 2015 BECE started only on Monday, June 15 and were expected to be completed on Friday, June 19. As many as 438,030 candidates were registered to write the examinations in 1,446 centres across the country.
WAEC said investigations were underway to unearth the full facts of the malpractice and assured it is determined to follow the case to its logical conclusion and will not shield any person, including its own, who will be found culpable.
A statement issued by WAEC Wednesday confirming the cancellation said the compromised papers will be re-administered on 29th and 30th June, 2015 and a time table for the tests would be circulated shortly.
“In addition to other sources, the papers have gone viral on social media especially WhatsApp Messenger,” the statement, signed by Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, said.
“In pursuance of its quest to demonstrate its abhorrence for examination malpractice of any sort, safeguard the sanctity of its examinations and integrity of certificates issued, the Council has CANCELLED the listed papers.
“As such, Social Studies 2 & 1 tests slated for tomorrow, 18th June, 2015 will not be administered. However, the remaining papers, that is, French and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be taken as scheduled.”
“The Council regrets any inconvenience caused stakeholders and, in particular, candidates who did not involve themselves in the malpractice. It further calls on stakeholders to appreciate that the re-administration of the tests is in the interest of the candidates and to restore public confidence and credibility in the outcome of the examination.
Candidates and stakeholders are hereby assured the all the necessary measures are being put in place to forestall the recurrence of the malpractice.”