Despite receiving accusations of examination malpractice in three regions, the West Africa examination Council’s (WAEC) Head of Public Affairs, John K. Kapi, described day one of the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as seamless.
The Ashanti, Greater Accra, and Central regions all had incidences of malpractice, according to John Kapi. He claimed that in the Ashanti Region, for instance, a student who tried to enter the exam room carrying foreign materials was apprehended.
Additionally, he stressed that steps have been taken to deal with those who disregard examination rules in order to ensure impartiality. The WAEC Head of Public Affairs spoke with JoyNews about the report of malpractices they got on the first day and how they would deal with the offenders.
“We’ve had a good day so far, I suppose. Since there have been no reports from anyplace, I suppose everything is fine. We’ve heard a few reports from the Ashanti Region that one person was apprehended while attempting to enter the exam room with some foreign material for the applicants. We also picked up a candidate from Tema Central, where the woman had some information, she wanted to share with them. Two people who were responding to the questions in the middle of the paper that was supposed to be sent to the candidate writing exam were found in the Central Region.”
“Anyone who violates any of these guidelines should be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. They follow our regulations, after which they are assessed fees. The court summons them. Our field monitors are still there. Our own officers are keeping an eye on the centers. Working with us is the National Investigative Bureau. Additionally, local recruits who work for us are manning these centers. We’ll keep moving forward as a result. We’ll keep moving forward till the end of the examinations,” he stated.
He also praised the rising female population for taking the exam this year and breaking the trend of male dominance in previous years.
“We now know that there are more female candidates than male candidates taking this examination. We’ve had male dominance in exams over the years, so if there are many more women succeeding, I think it’s a fantastic development that should be celebrated for our community and country,” he said on JoyNews.
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