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Breaking our monopoly won’t solve examination malpractices – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council has rejected suggestions that breaking its monopoly in the conduct of examination would bring to a halt the annual exam paper leakages.

According to the Public Relations officer of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Madam Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the examination body has what it takes to conduct credible exams across the country.

At a press conference to address issues captured in the Eduwatch WASSCE monitoring report, she stated that breaking their monopoly will not solve the problem.

She said the support of the Ghanaian people and key institutions is rather needed to solve the problem.

“I think that WAEC has what it takes to enable us achieve our mandate and to render the kind of service for which we have been established.

“What we need is the support of everybody because examination malpractice has become a national issue, so it takes us as staff of WAEC to do whatever that we have to do, it takes individuals, all our stakeholders, supervisors, invigilators, members of the public, even the media to support us to ensure that we carry out our mandate,” she said.

She added that “Breaking the monopoly is easier said than done. If you do not give us the necessary support, and it is believed out there that bringing in a second examining body is going to solve all the problems I think that we need to look into that issue much further.”

“We have other countries that have other examining bodies and we need to find out the kind of challenges they have,” she said.

Meanwhile, she has welcomed the private members’ motion from the Minority asking Parliament to set up a bi-partisan committee to probe the exams leakage.

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