Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) commended the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NIB) for the joint measures, which safeguarded the integrity of the Certificate of Basic Education (BECE) examinations of 2021.
Through the deployment of NIB officers who provided security during the question printing and distribution process. “We note that, following the external security arrangement involving the NIB, apart from police personnel stationed at WAEC, there have been no leaks of BECE papers.
“We commend the MoE and NIB for working together to improve the security of questions,” Mr. Kofi Asare, Executive Director of EduWatch, said in a statement copied to Ghana News Agency in Tema.
Eduwatch, however, called for increased stakeholder collaboration to tackle exam fraud and malpractice to ensure that the Ghanaian pre-college assessment system meets international standards as students prepare for the exam. upcoming West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) 2022.
Eduwatch therefore noted that based on the achievements of the BECE 2021, the MoE should re-engage the National Bureau of Investigation to oversee the printing and distribution of the WASSCE 2022 materials.
Eduwatch noted commitments made by the MoE and WAEC to serialize questions, strengthen external oversight, initiate legal reforms to criminalize review of bad practices, and improve security features of data packs. Questions.
They added that due to the external security arrangement involving the NIB, apart from police personnel stationed at WAEC, there were no leaks of BECE papers in 202.
They said tackling exam fraud and malpractice was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders including parents, students, school authorities, the West African Examinations Council ( WAEC), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ghana Education Service (GES), Civil Society Organizations, Ghana Police. Service and other justice sector institutions.
Eduwatch said there was a need to engage the general public and stakeholders three weeks before the start of WASSCE 20202 on the progress of implementation and the measures instituted to ensure a fair and credible review.
Education think tanks have also called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to intervene to expedite action on various WASSCE 2021 exam fraud complaints and petitions.
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education is due to take a keen interest in progress in implementing the commitments made by the Police, MoE, WAEC and GES during its meeting in Koforidua on 21 October 2021.