EVERY year examining body—West African Examinations Council (WAEC), set questions for candidates at both the basic and tertiary levels within the sub-region to write, as a way of testing final year students their readiness to climb the next educational ladder. Notwithstanding the fact that some of its conducted examinations have been plagued by leakages and other examination malpractices, the fact remains that WAEC has built a long-standing reputation for itself.
THUS, this year that reputation would once again be put to test as candidates from Ghana, who is a part of WAEC, will write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). We have been told a total of 509,824 final-year junior high school (JHS) students will write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The figure understandably, represents an increase in last year’s number of students who sat for the examinations.
PER the official timetable released by WAEC, the examinations will commence today, (Monday June 4,)and end on Friday, June 8, 2018. It must be stated that Ghana has had its fair of leakages, particularly at the basic education level.
IN fact, we have recorded situations were examination papers of various subjects have leaked even before the start of the entire examinations. And that sometimes have affected many candidates who had prepared adequately to write the examinations, obviously, because of the fact that such papers would have to be re-written.
IN some extreme cases an entire school has had either one paper or two cancelled for the reason of examination malpractice. For the above reason, therefore, Today is using this medium to caution against attempts by candidates to get examination papers before the start of the examinations.
CANDIADTES who indulge in any kind of examination malpractice(s) must understand that such offence(s)is/are prosecutable and can land them in jail. Such candidates must also know that their obviously criminal offences have the potential of jeopardising other law-abiding brilliant and well-prepared candidates.
INDEED final year JHS candidates must know the significance of the BECE as it represent the only formal way to gain admission to the secondary school. And so therefore they must guard against attempts to cheat.
THIS word of caution does not go for the candidates but parents and teachers as well. It is no secret that some parents of candidates and teachers go the extra-mile to get examination questions for their wards all in attempts to get them pass the easy way.
IT is for the above reason that Today is entreating all the stakeholders in this year’s BECE to be wary of any kind of examination malpractices, as that is the only way to ensure the sanctity of this year’s examination.
THAT said we at Today want to use the medium to wish all our BECE candidates the best of luck as they begin their exams today.