The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, led by the Chairman, Hon. Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, has engaged some stakeholders in the education sector on the perennial leakages of WASSCE and BECE questions.
The MPs who expressed concern about the longtime problem of examination question leakages, sought to know the challenges the stakeholders are facing and how these can be solved.
Members of the Committee were of the view that effective mechanism and measures must be put in place to check West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and other related bodies yearly to stop some teachers, schools and individuals from such malpractices.
The stakeholders were Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, WAEC, Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary schools, African Education Watch and Ghana Police Service.
There has been allegations and counter-allegations as to how and why these examination leakages keep rearing their ugly head
The widespread use of social media and mobile phones by most WASSCE candidates in Ghana exacerbates the problem of examination leakage.
Students and teachers can view the leaked questions on their phones via social media. Every year, when it comes time to pass their final exams, either BECE or WASSCE, pupils are well aware that they will get “apor.” These students anticipate it; in fact, they believe it is a part of their rights as candidates, and they will go to any length to obtain it, including soliciting funds to cover the costs.