The activities of rogue website operators and social media scammers whose main aim is to make money from the credibility of exams is one of the major challenges of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Ms. Wendy E.
Addy Lamptey, Head of National Office, WAEC, said.
She said, “Even before we started conducting this year’s WASSCE, the nefarious activities of these crooks have already begun.”
The head of the National Bureau said the Council was however working closely with the police, the National Bureau of Investigation (NIB) and other security agencies to deal with the situation.
Ms Lamptey was speaking at the WAEC Distinction Awards Ceremony for WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 and 2021, held in Accra on Thursday.
This year, the Board recognized the achievements of two cohorts of nominees as it was unable to hold the award ceremony for WASSCE, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Lamptey called on the winners to be worthy ambassadors in the fight against exam malpractice, adding: “We believe your peers will answer your call when you join us in our crusade.”
“We wish to reiterate that safeguarding the sanctity of our exams is a collective responsibility,” she added.
Ms Lamptey said the Council’s preparation for this year’s exams was on track and hinted at a second series of webinars for supervisors and proctors on their role in maintaining exam integrity.
She said awareness programs for candidates were currently underway across the country, with candidates being guided through the “do’s and don’ts” of the exams.
She reminded candidates that they can pass their exams without cheating, adding that they should also access the Chief Examiners’ Report on the Council’s website for useful information about the exams.
Ms Lamptey further warned candidates to stay away from any websites that claimed to have timetables for upcoming exams, saying the Council had made timetables available to all headteachers. credible review.
Mr. Parteh Bah, Registrar of WAEC, noted that internationally, Ghana continues to produce award winners every year.
“WAEC monitors the progress of its graduates. We have seen over the years that they all maintain top-notch performance in their academic pursuits and chosen careers in different parts of the world,” Mr. Bah said.
WASSCE for School Candidates, the first winner of the 2020 award in Ghana went to Mr. Cecil Tetteh Kumah, an alumnus of Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast.
The second prize went to Mr. Godfred Aseda Obeng, alumnus of Hope College, Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region.
Mrs. Afua Maukure Ansah, former student of Achimota School received the third prize.
The WASSCE First Prize for School Candidates, 2021 Ghana First Prize Winner went to Mr. Asante Kwame Brako, Alumnus of Presbyterian High School for Boys, Legon, and Candidate and Winner of the Regional Mathematics Quiz Competition and Science Accra 2021.
Mr. Ohene-Amoani Kwaku, an alumnus of St James Seminary Senior High School, won the second prize.
Third prize went to Korang Ageyi Ransford Nana, an alumnus of St James Seminary Senior High School.
Other students who have excelled in other programs have received various awards.
Winners received laptops and cash prizes.