Cancel leaked WASSCE papers – Minority to WAEC

The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament has called on the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), to cancel the leaked West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) papers. 

“As a key function, WAEC is expected to ensure fairness in, and integrity of, the examinations it conducts.

“This does not appear to be the case in the ongoing WASSCE examinations”, the Minority said in a statement signed by Dr Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member, Committee on Education.

On Friday, 7 August 2020, the Integrated Science Paper scheduled for Monday, 10 August 2020, was leaked and was circulated widely on social media.

On the evening of Sunday, 16 August 2020, the Core Mathematics paper scheduled for Monday, 17 August 2020, was also leaked.

Additionally, the Chemistry paper was leaked.

Apart from these, the names, email addresses, location and contact numbers of the examiners also leaked, thus, creating doubts about the fairness of the examination this year.

The Minority said both the leakages of subject papers and publication of details of examiners, defeat the purpose of a fair assessment system that WAEC is supposed to ensure.

“It undermines the integrity of the examinations, the integrity of WAEC, and dents the image of Ghana before the international community”, the Minority's statement said.

It continued that: “WAEC, as a matter of urgency, must cancel the leaked papers as it has done in the past. It is worrying that a body that swiftly acted to cancel papers in the past on suspicion of leakage, is reluctant in acting in a similar manner when overwhelming evidence of the leaked papers abound”. 

The Minority further noted that WAEC must also investigate the sources of the leakage of papers and the contact details of the examiners, and hold to account the perpetrators of these crimes.

“WAEC must also ensure the safety of the remaining papers to avert the embarrassing situations we have witnessed the past few days”, it added.