Speaking on Citi FM’s Big Issues, Casely-Hayford said the blame for the leaks lies with WAEC.
Following the leakage and subsequent cancellation of five papers in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), anti-corruption campaigner, Sydney Casely-Hayford has indicated that there should be comprehensive changes within the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Ghana.
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.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Big Issues, Casely-Hayford said the blame for the leaks lies with WAEC. He called for drastic changes within WAEC to prevent similar occurrences in future.
“It is a WAEC problem. WAEC has the questions, WAEC has the answers, and WAEC has the results. Even the computerised system that we are supposed to be using to be balloting people going into [senior high] schools, even that they are messing it up and it has become a corruption centre in that institution.
“We need to clean that whole place up. We need to shake that establishment up and change things completely. I’m appalled in hearing that there are four sets of questions and each one of them was available on social media. How is that possible? How is it possible that somebody has every single possible option of the examination and all of it appeared on a phone, easily on a phone?” he wondered.
Adding: “There are times when things should wake you up. There are times when your wake-up call has to make you shiver in your bones and say if something is not done about this very soon, if we don’t get rid of this and the myriad of other problems that we have then we might as well forget it”.
The leaked papers have been scheduled to be re-administered on June 29 and 30, 2015, according to a statement by the WAEC.
Meanwhile some fourteen people have so far been arrested by the Police to aid investigations into the leakage of the BECE papers.