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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, is taking the blame for leaked BECE examination papers which has resulted in cancellations.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Agnes Teye Cudjoe said since it is the duty of WAEC to ensure the safety and sanctity of examination papers, it is fair to take the blame.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Graduate Teachers NAGRAT has called for the immediate dissolution of the WAEC board in the wake of examination leakages at the on-going Basic Certificate Education Examination, BECE.

The Association has also urged government to promote the creation of alternative examination bodies as pertains in the advanced world to break the undue monopoly enjoyed by WAEC.

The call was made at a news conference by the Association in Accra.

The Upper West Regional Chairman of NAGRAT, Pious Azuma Larry is calling for the resignation of the head of WAEC in view of the leakage of BECE questions and the subsequent cancellation of some papers.

Speaking to Radio Ghana at Wa, Mr Larry said the leadership of WAEC has consistently failed to prevent leakage of examination questions but are quick to cancel papers already written to the detriment of students.

Mr Azuma Larry said concerned parents can take WAEC to court over the psychological trauma it has created for both students and parents.

In a related development, the Atwima Nwabiagya District Director of Education, Yaw Asua Yeboah has called for stiffer punishment for culprits involved in the leakage of the ongoing BECE examination papers.

According to him, the canker is becoming an annual ritual that must be avoided as it is an affront to the credibility and image of the officials at the West Africa Examinations Council.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Ghana, Mr Asuah Yeboah said it is not difficult to identify the culprits involved in the crime because the printing and distribution of the examination papers is somebody?s schedule and this person must be called to answer.

He said the emotional and psychological trauma that candidates and their parents have been put through will take a very long time to forget.

Mr Asuah Yeboah said the issue of examination leakage of all categories of WAEC supervised examinations over the years is very worrying and it appears punitive measures have not been meted out to culprits anytime there is a leakage to serve as a deterrent.

According to the Director, the points of printing, packaging and storage are the critical areas that authorities must place serious emphasis on during investigations.

Some of the candidates who spoke to Radio Ghana were so disappointed and have therefore called for compensation from WAEC and GES for the unfortunate incident.

According the candidates, some of them especially those whose schools are without examination centers have to relocate to designated centers very far from home and any additional day, off the original time table is an additional cost besides change of environment.

Some parents appealed to the Ministry of Education to cancel WAEC organized examinations for Basic and Senior High Schools and replace it with internal examinations for the award of certificates as the current system is losing its value and credibility.

Source: GBC

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