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Cancellation of leaked BECE papers a tragedy

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has described as “a tragedy” the decision of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to cancel five leaked BECE papers.

He said the situation is “unprecedented” and must be thoroughly investigated.

“The tragedy that has befallen some 438,000 pupils who had prepared themselves for the aborted BECE examinations is most regrettable,” the three-time presidential candidate of the NPP said in a statement.

“Cancellation of five papers in the BECE era is unprecedented and requires a thorough investigation. The involvement of the BNI and police in the exercise is most welcome. As we await the outcome of the investigation, WAEC should be more vigilant in the processing of the examination papers to prevent the recurrence of this incident.

“My heartfelt sympathies go to the examination candidates and their parents. I urge the children to keep up their spirits and prepare themselves for the rescheduled papers so as to avoid any disruption in their progress towards a brighter future,” Akufo-Addo added.

Arrests
Fourteen persons including four teachers and three students have been arrested in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions for their alleged involvement in the crime.

The teachers were caught printing copies of yet-to-be written papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination.

The four are Emmanuel Opoku, 29 , Kwadwo Boateng 25, Kwadwo Danso, 34, and Boateng Collins, 29.

They were arrested in the act at a hideout in Ahenema Kokobeng.

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has cancelled five papers of the ongoing BECE throughout Ghana. They are the part 2 of English Language; Religious and Moral Education; Integrated Science; Mathematics, and Social Studies.

The leaked papers have been scheduled to be re-taken on June 29 and 30, 2015, according to a statement by the WAEC.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has called on government to encourage the creation of an alternate examination body to reduce the monopoly the West African Examination Centre (WAEC) enjoys in the country.

They added that “it is clear that whether their services are good or not and whether we like them or not, they are the only one we have. WAEC has become an untouchable bully that pushes bad services down our throat.

“Some pupils, students, teachers and indeed anybody could be culpable for leakages but it is certain that most of the leakages take their source from WAEC itself”.

“It is unfortunate that WAEC staff are highly insulated and hardly suffer any serious penalties from their wrong doings.”

Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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