The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has assured that stricter security measures have been put in place to avert the leaks of examination papers in the on-going West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to the Council, it is prepared to apply the WAEC laws if anyone is implicated in the leaking of any examination papers.
The 2017 WASSCE is currently underway with a total of 289,207 final-year public and private Senior High School (SHS) candidates sitting.
The WASSCE has been no stranger to exams leaks with papers; including Physics Practical, Oral English, Integrated Science and Social Studies leaking to the public in 2016 leading to their cancellation.
Speaking to Citi News, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, indicated some regulations WAEC had introduced, noting that, “supervisors and invigilators are not supposed to send mobile phones to the examination hall because we all know what mobile phones can be used for.” “We also have security details on the supervisor’s bags and we also have combination padlocks on them so that people cannot easily open these bags,” she added.
Agnes Teye-Cudjoe further warned that, anyone found culpable of any exam leaks will be prosecuted.
“We have the WAEC law in place so if anybody is found culpable, the law will take over and the person will be prosecuted. If any member of staff is found culpable, we have sanctions that can be taken against the person.”