The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) says the current West African Examination Council (WAEC) assessment system is inefficient hence the high level of irregularities reported year after year.
Addressing a News Conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Bright Appiah, the Council Chair, GNECC, challenged WAEC to strengthen its assessment system to prevent people from taking advantage of it.
“WAEC must strengthen its systems to ensure the dignity of our children. The recurrence of examination malpractices and subsequent cancellation of papers is highly unacceptable and it is about time WAEC and other relevant regulatory bodies put in place measures to address the problem with utmost urgency,” he said.
Mr Appiah also called on WAEC to prosecute perpetrators found guilty of such examination malpractices as their actions undermined the credibility of certificates from the WAEC in Ghana and should not be countenanced.
He said: “Over the past few months, we have been hit by two major examination scandals.
Three days ago, WEAC has also announced that 1,859 candidates have their subject results cancelled, and 453 candidates have their entire results cancelled following the conclusions of investigations of cases of examination malpractices detected during the conduct of the examinations and all these irregularities undermine the credibility of WAEC.”
Mr Appiah also called on the Bureau of National Investigations to come out with the findings on the massive leakage of the five papers during the Basic Education Certificate Examination in June 2015.
He also called for a consultative discussion with stakeholders involving students, parents, WAEC and the Ghana Education Service.
He advised parents to understand that education went beyond passing examinations and they must, therefore, be interested in the total development of their wards.
“Parents should not support their children to engage in exam malpractices,” he advised. GNA