The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in a bid to ensure the sanctity of the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination have teamed up with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to protect examination papers.
Mr. Jacob Kor, the Director General of Ghana Education Service who revealed this to the media disclosed that this new strategy is among many others to curb the perennial malpractices and leakages that has characterised the conduct of WAEC examinations in recent times.
According to Mr. Jacob Kor, WEAC in collaboration with the security agencies and private investigators has been able to clamp down on some rogue websites which were notorious for the distribution of leaked papers.
“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,”
More than 461,000 candidates are expected to take part in this year’s BECE from 13th to 17th June at 1,598 centers across the country.
WAEC has for several years battled with leakages and various forms of malpractices and the Council in an effort to reduce mass cheating among students, has introduced Item Differentiation Profile Software known as “differentia”, a software designed to detect mass cheating among students during examinations.
The Council also dismissed two employees in February this year for breaching security regulations which resulted in the leakage of five papers during the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and demoted a third staff poor supervision.