An exposé on Senior High School placement titled ‘school placement for sale’ by the Fourth Estate has revealed the reprehensible process the West African Examination Council (WAEC) goes through before placing Junior High School leavers in the various Senior High Schools across the country.
In a minute and twenty-seven-second excerpt of the film, certain WAEC employees can be seen soliciting bribes from some parents and guardians in exchange for placing their children in Senior High Schools.
In the video, a lady and a man claimed to have paid Ghc20,000 and Ghc8,500, respectively, before their wards were assigned to Wesley Girls and Mfantsiman.
The Fourth Estate’s Adwoa Adobea-Owusu and Evans Azimor-Mensah conducted the inquiry.
Are results and certificates from WAEC authentic? This is a question for another day. WAEC is yet to release a statement on the exposé.
The West African Examinations Council is a board of examinations created by law with the mission to determine the examinations necessary in the public interest in the English-speaking nations of West Africa, to administer the examinations, and to issue certificates that are on par with those issued by international examining authorities of equal standing.
Since its founding in 1952, the council has helped to improve education in Anglophone West African nations like Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Gambia by organizing a variety of exams and awarding diplomas.
Additionally, they established an endowment fund to support education in West Africa through lectures and financial aid for those who cannot afford it. Since its founding, it has maintained its position as one of West Africa’s most significant and well-known exams.
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