The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has warned candidates especially the ladies to desist from concealing mobile phones in their private parts into examination halls.
According to WAEC, such culprits will be ruthlessly dealt with when they are caught.
Every year the examination body records high incidents of exam malpractices with culprit students having either their exams results withheld or canceled.
A Deputy Director in charge of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe in an interview with Host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM stated that her outfit has beefed up security to ensure no candidate smuggles unauthorized materials int the exams halls.
“We have cases of candidates smuggling mobile phones into the examination hall, sometimes where they hide these mobile phones is very bad especially some of the ladies. All that some of them have been asked to do is to manage to send the mobile phones and then the answers will be sent to them on their phones. So these are some of the things that have come to our attention which we have made us increase our inspection and monitoring.”
Meanwhile, she assured the public that the examination papers in the ongoing 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have not been leaked.
However, WAEC said it has instituted investigations into the reports while beefing up security at examination centres.
Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, said some supervisors and invigilators have been withdrawn pending further sanctions, adding a formal complaint has been made to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police on the operations of some “rogue websites”, purportedly aiding in examination malpractices.
She said some of the candidates suspected to have been involved in examination malpractice are being investigated. As a further step, the Council says it would scrutinize all scripts of schools where cheating has been reported.
“It must be noted that a great number of candidates have conducted themselves very well and due diligence would be followed to ensure fairness to all,” Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe noted.
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