Exams cancellation BECE leakage a collective responsibility – Education Minister

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.

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Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, says it is unfair for people to single out an individual or an institution for the leakage of 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.

Many have blamed WAEC for the leakage; but the Education Minister opines otherwise.

“It is everybody’s responsibility to lend a hand in solving this issue once and for all. If a parent had gone to pay money for examination question to be given to a child and the child has also given it to his friends, are we going to sit back and wait for the system to deal with itself? No because they have no right to do this.”

“I will not prejudge anyone since they are investigating. So, let’s allow investigations to go on. We need to allow the structures to work so that everybody will have his or her peace of mind,” she said on Kasapa FM’s Anopa Kasapa.

Prof. Opoku Agyemang asked all to help in investigating the leakage.

“We got to know on Tuesday that it is obvious there is a problem. When they started distributing the leaked papers on whatsapp, it became very difficult to localize it. We know that everybody is not happy so we are going to embark on drastic action to curb it. It’s a yearly occurrence and it is equally not good for the country. So, let us all help to probe the matter,” she said.

Meanwhile the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has been directed to investigate circumstances leading to the leakage and subsequent cancellation of papers.

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