GES clamps down on "apor" spreading websites

BY: Jasmine Arku

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has said it has initiated steps to clamp down websites purposefully built to compromise the integrity of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

According to the GES, it has contracted the services of private investigators to assist the WAEC Unit of the Ghana Police Service to ensure that those websites do not cause any problems before, during and after the Basic Education Certificate Examination which starts on Monday, June 13.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra Wednesday, the Director General of the GES, Mr Jacob Kor said “The Council observed that there were many rogue websites on the internet and social media which made distribution of compromised papers fast and worrisome. The Council therefore decided to clamp down on the rogue websites using the service of private undercover investigative operatives and the assistance of WAEC Unit of the Ghana Police Service; the key rogue website operators were arrested.”

WAEC has been saddled with widespread examination paper leakages in the recent past of both BECE and WASSCE exams. 

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Last year WAEC cancelled five subject papers in the BECE which were Papers 2 of English Language; Religious and Moral Education; Integrated Science; Mathematics, and Social Studies.

But the Council says it has put in place stringent measures to ensure that no leakages are experienced in this year’s examination.

A senior officer at the Human, Language and Test Administration Department of the Council, Daniel Nii Dodu has already revealed that this year’s examination papers were printed outside of Ghana and would be flown in, and then airlifted to the various regions from where the BNI and WAEC officers will distribute them.

About 461,013 candidates are expected to sit for this year's BECE at 1,598 centers across the country.

The examination will start on Monday, June 13 and end on Friday, June 17, 2016.