Story: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
This year's West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) began in earnest yesterday, with all the candidates across the country writing their first core paper — English Language Orals.
In all, 409,832 candidates, the highest number of candidates so far in the history of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), from 742 public and private schools are writing the examination.
In Ghana, 58 papers, made up of four core and 54 elective, will be written until May 17 which officially ends the entire WASSCE.
Today, April 10, another core paper, Integrated Science, will be written.
In an interview, the Head of Test Administration at WAEC, Mr Felix Akuffo-Badoo, disclosed that due to the frequent power cuts, the heads of schools had been advised to get standby generators to provide power during the oral papers.
He said in order to prevent delays in the delivery of examination papers, the council had opened various depots close to most of the schools to shorten the time for picking of papers.
"As you know, there is so much traffic in most of the metropolises and municipalities, hence this new initiative," he said.
He said WAEC had officially written to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to provide the council with adequate policemen across the country to ensure maximum security at all the examination centres.
Mr Akuffo-Badoo warned candidates against examination malpractice such as carrying foreign materials such as mobile phones, programmed calculators or other electronic communication devices into the examination halls.
"Offences such as mass cheating, leaked questions (apor), taking question papers or answer booklets out, tearing any part of the paper/answer booklet, insulting or assaulting an invigilator/supervisor inside or outside the examination hall will lead to the cancellation of a candidate's or an entire school's results, while the culprits could be barred from writing WAEC examinations or even imprisoned," he added.