WAEC official urges proper students’ preparation

Mr. Anthony Kwasi Logodzo, a Branch Controller of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), has underlined the critical importance of thorough student preparation to ensure unquestionable examination results and cultivate a future workforce with credible credentials.

He emphasized that this situation necessitates collaboration among parents, guardians, educators, and other stakeholders to facilitate effective teaching and learning. Their collective efforts are aimed at equipping students with the necessary skills to excel in their exams without resorting to dishonest practices.

According to Mr. Logodzo, this collaborative approach is crucial in combating the pervasive issue of examination malpractice, which has been eroding the authenticity of the nation’s examination results and, consequently, the credibility of certificates.

Mr. Logodzo, the WAEC’s Controller responsible for the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions, made these remarks during an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani. He was discussing updates from the WAEC Public Affairs Directorate regarding the conduct of the 2023 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He stressed the need for comprehensive measures to address examination malpractice nationwide, with the aim of ensuring confidence in the examination outcomes and the integrity of certificates in the years to come.

Mr. Logodzo expressed concern that the authenticity of WASSCE results in the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions might be questioned in the future due to a history of examination irregularities. Investigations into these malpractices revealed instances where schools charged students to influence invigilators to compromise and allow teachers to assist candidates during exams.

Mr. Logodzo further revealed that his office regularly documented incidents of examination malpractice at various centers, underscoring the need to identify those involved and take appropriate actions against them.

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Another challenge he identified was the registration of students from other schools, including those from different regions, by private schools in the Bono Region, motivated by financial gain. These private schools went to great lengths to ensure that the students they registered performed exceptionally well in WASSCE, attracting more candidates to register with them.

Mr. Logodzo assured that measures would soon be put in place to prevent private schools from registering students who are not their own, thereby helping to curb examination malpractice. He also called on teachers and invigilators to resist financial pressures and urged parents not to demand unrealistically high grades from their children, contributing to the prevention of malpractices.

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