WAEC releases 17,354 results
The Head of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) in Sierra Leone, Mr. Sherriff Mohamed Sapateh, has stated that WAEC is a sub-regional organization comprising Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia and Liberia.
He pointed out that each of these countries has a national office with a Head who is charged with the mandate to conduct public examinations such as the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He maintained that, Sierra Leone has adopted the 6-3-4-4 system of education in order to reform the educational system of the country.
Mr. Sapateh who was talking to this paper in an exclusive interview, pointed out of the 19,327 candidates who registered for the examination all over the country, they have released 17,354 results and withheld 1,973 results.
He disclosed that they caught 207 candidates with prepared notes and other irrelevant materials and that 459 results on collision which included about 80 candidates who are believed to have written the same answers either through spying or comparing of work.
He further explained that 109 candidates wrote their mobile phone numbers on their answer sheets asking examiners to contact them.
The WAEC Boss also mentioned that 120 candidates were caught in examinations malpractices at the Richard Allen School in Kissy.
He made it clear that they have not seized any result yet but that they only withheld them while the committee that is responsible to look into the issue will meet this week to investigate the matter and make recommendations.
He appealed to Teachers, Principals and the media to help in the fight against examinations malpractices. He emphasized that mast candidates do not read instructions that is why he said they want to get face to face discussions with candidates in the future for them to know what they want.
In conclusion he said that they also have cases of people not only having two answer sheets, but they also have two booklets and more than one objective answer sheet.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara and Jennifer Kanneh
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