WAEC Uncovers New Examination Malpractice Trend Involving Bribes and Contact Numbers

by Louisa Afful
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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has identified a new form of examination malpractice where candidates hide money and contact numbers in their answer booklets, asking examiners to “call me,” “help me,” or “call my mom” to influence their exam results.

A recent WAEC study revealed a significant rise in examination malpractice, with cases increasing from 2% in 2021 to 10% in 2023. WAEC’s Head of Corporate Affairs, John Kapi, noted the trend of candidates adding GHC50 or more with their contact details in answer booklets.

WAEC has employed staff, Ghana Education Service and GNAT personnel, and officers from the Ghana Police Service, National Security, and National Intelligence Bureau to monitor the examinations.

Head of Legal Affairs at WAEC, Rev. Victor Brew, called for stricter penalties to deter malpractice, suggesting increasing fines from the current GHC1,200 to GHC3,000 to more substantial amounts.

WAEC has reported 19 cases of examination malpractice, with four convictions and two ongoing cases. The Ghana Police Service is investigating the remaining cases.

This year’s BECE will take place from July 8 to July 15, with 569,095 students expected to participate.

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