In Sierra Leone WAEC seizes 2012 WASSCE results
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) Sierra Leone branch have with held the results of over five hundred candidates who sat the November 2012 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as a result of examination malpractices.
Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC Sierra Leone branch, Mr. S.M. Sapateh told this press that over 15,000 candidates nationwide sat the private WASSCE in August, September, and November last year.
He noted that they have discovered that over five hundred candidates flouted the rules and regulations of WAEC and therefore council has withheld their results pending investigations while those without any qualms have been released to the respective candidates.
He said WAEC will convene a meeting of the Sierra Leone Examination Committee comprising the Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education, Conference of Principal, Council of Head Teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector to look into the malpractices and thereafter recommend to council whether to cancel their results or the affected subject or subjects in accordance with WAEC rules and regulations
Mr. Sapateh explained that they will submit all the evidences like foreign materials, mobile phones and impersonation, to name but a few to the examination committee for probing.
Investigation mounted by this medium revealed that the Laura Dove Vocational Secondary school and the Government Rokel Secondary School are very notorious for examination malpractices over the years.
Other secondary schools, according to a senior WAEC official that were in the habit of examination malpractices such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School, Kissy Dock yard have ceased forthwith from all form of examination malpractices due to the swift intervention of the Head of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone. The official who preferred to be anonymous said since then the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School is among the best schools that is doing well in council’s exams.
WAEC officials in Freetown intimated this press that during the WASSCE last year in one of the examination centres at the Laura Dove Vocational Secondary School during the Mathematics examination paper, they imported thirty questions and answers sheets into the examination hall. Thirty bona-fide candidates did not sit the examination instead they allegedly bribed people to take the exams on their behalf.
WAEC sources revealed to this press that the candidates connived with the invigilators who supervised the conduct of the examination. “They neatly organized the examination hall as if no candidate was absent but they ran out of luck when all of a sudden a senior official from WAEC office in Freetown made an unannounced visit to the hall and demanded to see the registration book,” the source explained. The WAEC official refused to receive any other names other than those that were presence at the time of the examination.
Later, the source went on, two answered sheets out of the thirty were about to be submitted to the official by one of the invigilators but was rejected on the grounds that it was an impersonation as the names were not earlier present while he was calling the register.
“This shows clearly that there are people sitting on behalf of certain candidates,” the source concluded.
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