SCHOOL heads and teachers are taking extra precaution to ensure that the ongoing 2013 May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) ends without incidents in their respective schools.
To accomplish this task, the examination centres are always packed with supervisors and invigilators who are and supported by the heads/assistant headmasters/mistresses in charge of academic work.
Aside the school security, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has also been provided with Police personnel at all the examination centres.
When the Junior Graphic visited the Accra High, Accra Academy, West Africa Senior High, Presbyterian Boys, Legon, Labone Senior, Presbyterian SHS, Osu, Accra Girls, St John's Grammar and St Thomas Aquinas, among other schools, there was either an armed police man or woman at post to ensure that security was not compromised.
In addition, some of the schools have gone an extra mile to acquire body scanners to enable them detect any foreign materials on candidates.
At the Accra High School, for instance, the male teachers were seen scanning the bodies of the male students while the female teachers searched the female students.
The Assistant Headmistress in charge of Academic at the St Aquinas SHS, Ms Marian Grant, in an interview, said the number of candidates was very high and being a single sex school (boys), some of the students could easily pull a fast one on teachers and "this is the reason why you can count almost 10 teachers at the examination hall just to ensure that candidates do not do anything that will lead to the cancellation of the school's results to bring shame to us."
Some of the candidates who spoke to the Junior Graphic after their English Language paper at St John’s Grammar said the security in the examination halls was so tight that there was no room for cheating.