Nana Addo says the situation is unprecedented and requires a thorough investigation.
The flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has described as “a tragedy” the cancellation of five leaked papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) on Wednesday announced the cancellation of five papers in the ongoing BECE on the basis that they have been compromised.
They are Papers 2 of English Language, Religious and Moral Education, Integrated Science Mathematics and Social Studies.
Nana Addo in a statement has expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the candidates and their parents. According to him, the situation is unprecedented and requires a thorough investigation.
“The tragedy that has befallen some 438,000 pupils who had prepared themselves for the aborted BECE examinations is most regrettable.
“Cancellation of five papers in the BECE era is unprecedented and requires a thorough investigation. The involvement of the BNI and police in the exercise is most welcome. As we await the outcome of the investigation, WAEC should be more vigilant in the processing of the examination papers to prevent the recurrence of this incident.
“My heartfelt sympathies go to the examination candidates and their parents. I urge the children to keep up their spirits and prepare themselves for the rescheduled papers so as to avoid any disruption in their progress towards a brighter future,” Akufo-Addo added.
Meanwhile fourteen persons including four teachers and three students have been arrested in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions for their alleged involvement in the leakage.
The teachers allegedly printing copies of yet-to-be written papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Deputy Ashanti regional Police Commander Chief Inspector Godwin Ahiayor who confirmed the arrest to Starr News’ Isaac Bediako Justice Friday said the suspects were arrested in the act at a hideout in Ahenema Kokobeng.
The leaked papers, according to WAEC, have been scheduled to be re-taken on June 29 and 30, 2015.