Junior High School students in Ghana commence their first terminal examination today. Legislators in the country have, however, tasked the exams body to guard against leaks of the papers as has been the case in recent years.
The Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) organized by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is the first terminal examination written after nine years of basic education.
WAEC has had cause to cancel the papers in the past citing widespread leakages usually through social media and by collusion of its officials and some school authorities.
The perennial leakages of the WAEC examination papers are an unfortunate phenomenon which grossly undermines the integrity of the education system of Ghana.
“The perennial leakages of the WAEC examination papers are an unfortunate phenomenon which grossly undermines the integrity of the education system of Ghana,” said one MP, Ntim Fodjour, on the floor of Parliament.
Over 400,000 students from over 15,000 public and private schools will be taking part in the week-long examination at 1,702 centers across the ten regions of the country.
WAEC has assured that the process will be leakage free and will go smoothly. Students proceed after the BECE to pursue a three-year Senior High School education before moving to the tertiary level.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has also appealed to all stakeholders to play their part in ensuring that the process is clean.