The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has admitted that one of papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) leaked minutes before it was written.
In addition, a list of a yet-to-be-finalised version of an examiners’ list for the examination was put on social media.
It mentioned Mathematics (Core) 2 Paper as the paper that leaked but explained that the questions were posted on social media platforms after the release of the papers from the WAEC strong rooms.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mrs Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey, briefing the Daily Graphic today, Wednesday, said it had instituted investigations into the leakage of the paper.
With regards to the examiners list, she said “the disturbing development” had been reported the matter to the Cyber Crime Department of the Ghana Police Service.
Mrs Addy-Lamptey stated that the council’s monitoring of the WASSCE indicated that the widespread activities of rogue websites were in full force with fake versions of questions being circulated on various social media platforms as authentic.
She displayed some of the fake versions of the Integrated Science (2&1), Social Studies (2&1), Chemistry (3), Practical Alternative A, and Economics (2&1) papers, which were in circulation on social media platforms as compared to those written.
Reacting to calls for the Mathematics Core Paper to be cancelled, she explained that the council did not just cancel an examination paper, but did so on the advice of the Ghana Examinations Committee, Chaired by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) with institutional representations.
She mentioned some of the institutions as the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools, the National Board for Professional and Technician Examination (NAPTEX), the National Teaching Council (NTC), representative each from six public universities and Rectors of Polytechnics.
Mrs Addy-Lamptey mentioned that other notable high profile personalities on the committee included the Registrar of WAEC, the HNO of WAEC, the Executive Secretary of the National Inspectorate Board (NIB), the Deputy Director-General of the GES in charge of Quality and Access, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) among others.
She explained that WAEC, as a body, could not take any unilateral decision without the express approval of the committee, describing the call as misplaced, “because we only implement the decisions of the committee