WAEC updates the laws and guidelines to address irregularities in examinations

In an effort to eradicate examination anomalies, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has updated its norms and regulations.

According to Mrs. Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey, Head of National Office, WAEC, the modification was required due to recent patterns in exam fraud.

The examination schedule for this year will mark the start of the amended regulations’ use in Ghana. The following are a few of them: the registration of ineligible candidates, the destruction of exhibits by candidates, the broadcasting of live exam questions online, the denial of timely access to school facilities, and improper behavior on the part of examination personnel at testing facilities.All participating schools have received the updated guidelines, which are now available on the council’s website,

She made this statement during the 39th WAEC Distinction Awards Ceremony for 2022 WASSCE School Candidates, which was held in Accra to recognize students who distinguished themselves and excelled.

The issue of exam fraud, according to Mrs. Addy-Lamptey, “remains a bane for the Council.”

“In certain schools, cheating has become the standard, and offenders will stop at nothing to commit malpractice. The involvement of some school administrators, supervisors, and invigilators in this canker that is eroding our society’s moral fabric is what disturbs me the most.

“Solicitations to join organizations and websites are another emerging trend in examination fraud that is setting itself apart from the competition to research a few “alleged WAEC confirmed topics.”

I will categorically state that the Council has not approved any confirmed subjects from or for any group or organization, nor has it sanctioned any such approved topics.

Therefore, Mrs. Addy-Lamptey gave the public the following advice: Avoid clicking on or joining any groups or websites that discussed or taught the so-called “WAEC Confirmed Topics.”

She urged cooperation from all parties involved and stated that the Council would continue to take strict measures to protect the validity of its examination.

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Everyone has been advised not to enter their phone numbers on these websites because they utilize them to contact you.

We all share responsibilities for preventing exam fraud and maintaining the validity of our exams.

She hailed the winners and said they were “examples of perseverance and hard work,” assuring 2023 WASSCE aspirants that they could pass their exams without using any unfair means.

The WAEC Endowment Fund established the Excellence and Distinction Awards to recognize and publicly commend applicants who performed well in the Council’s national and international examinations.

In the WASSCE for School Candidates, Alex Opoku Manu and Benjamin Eyram Nana Kwame Degbey, who both earlier attended St. James Seminary Senior High School in Sunyani, were determined to be the top and second-best winners overall, respectively. The Holy Child School’s Abena Afriyie Poku took third place.

Mubarak Illiasu, a former student of T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, was named the best student in general arts, while Alex Opoku was named the best student in general science. The best candidate in business was determined to be Ato Kwamena Quansah, a former pupil of Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School, Legon, and Ewura Esi. Former Wesley Girls High School student Adobea Otieku-Boadu won the award for best student in home economics.

The winners received cash awards, laptop computers, plaques, and certificates as gifts. Plagues and desktop computers were also distributed to their prior schools. In all, 422, 883 applicants participated in the 2022 WASSCE.

In March of this year, during the 71st Annual Council meeting, which was held in the Gambia, Manu and Degbey picked up their international wards.

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