LAST Tuesday (April 05, 2018) candidates for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) began writing their examination papers
WE have been told that a total of 316,980 final year senior high (SHS) candidates from 946 public and private SHSs across the country are taking part in the WASSCE.
ACCORDING to a press statement by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the candidates began the examination with Chemistry, Music and Auto Mechanic.
WAEC further assured that it has put in place tough measures to prevent a leak in examination questions, which practice is quite becoming synonymous with examinations organised by the examination body.
IT is, therefore, the expectation of Today that this year’s WASSCE will be devoid any leakage of examination question(s).
ALL over the world examination by recognised bodies has been accepted as one of the ways used in assessing and awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees to students in the formal sector at the various levels of the educational ladder.
WHILE candidates at the SHS write WASSCE, those at the Junior High School (JHS) level at the end of their academic works write the Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE.
AND in all these examinations, candidates are awarded with certificates to show that they have, indeed, completed one cycle of education or the other.
IT is in the light of the above that Today wishes to use this medium to wish all candidates who are writing this year’s WASSCE the best of luck.
HAVING studied and revised adequately, we pray that the good Lord will guide and grant all the candidates retentive memory to come out with flying colours.
IN view of examination malpractices witnessed in the past, Today wishes to urge the examination body—WAEC—to take all necessary steps to ensure that we do not experience any form of malpractice including leakage(s).
LEAKAGES of examination papers, particularly at the SHS level have gained notoriety. And as sad as it may be the best we can do is to ensure that we prevent its recurrence.
THE leakages and its attendant cancellation of examination papers are not only embarrassing to schools and the examination body, they are also a bother to parents as well as innocent candidates from schools, which get affected.
THUS, we humbly ask WAEC to take bold and concrete steps this time around to protect the integrity and sanctity of this year’s examination.
WE also want to use this medium to call on the candidates to make conscious effort to abide by all the rules and regulations associated with the conduct of the WASSCE. And these include copying in examination hall, taking along unwanted materials etc.
CANDIDATES must understand that indulging in examination malpractice is an offence punishable by law and which can even land a candidate in a juvenile prison.
THEREFORE, Today urges all the candidates to shun any form of examination malpractice and rather concentrate on the examination.
THAT, in our firm estimation, is more dignified than cheating to pass.
ON this note we, once again, say good luck to all the WASSCE candidates.