A worried SHS teacher has disclosed that a student who cannot solve a linear equation question had A in the 2023 WASSCE Mathematics paper.
Mr. Kofi Asare, who is the Executive Director of Eduwatch, wrote about this in a public post.
On Wednesday, December 20, 2023, he wrote in a public post, “Since the 2023 WASSCE results were released, I have received many messages saying that some students do not own their results.”
“One teacher is worried his student who cannot solve a linear equation question had A in Mathematics.
“In Eduwatch and Corruption Watch’s undercover WASSCE investigation of 2021, a guardian in the Bekwai area questioned why his nephew who apparently had aggregate 10 wouldn’t proceed to the College of Education or university.
The boy insisted on joining the army, even after failing to make it at first instance.
“The boy’s uncle doubted his grades. Later, after pushing him, he confessed that teachers wrote for them at their centre. I still have the audio interview the Corruption Watch team had with the parent in Kokofu on my phone.
“Till date, I am aware the head teachers and teachers who supervised the cheating in those schools we did our undercover exercise are still at post.
“Schools, including the private ones are still exam centres. A Management in Living tutor at St. Jerome SHS caught on video dictating answers in a big exam hall is now an Assistant Head in another school.
“I also know of schools where the school heads were so firm at exam centres that the students even felt nervous; some heads wouldn’t compromise at all.
“Other heads were so principled, causing communities to demonstrate against them leading to their eventual transfer for safety reasons. Eg. Baglo Ridge SHS. (I have this video too)
“While very good progress has been made to very significantly reduce (if not eliminate) question leakages with the BNI now taking over questions security at printing, there are still serious issues with exam room collusion and supervised cheating, as WAEC admits in their presentation to parliament last week.
“Notwithstanding, these challenges and deficits must not take the shine off the 2023 WASSCE results.
“There are always many genuine ones and some bad ones.
“He called on GES to strengthen its sanction on teachers who participate in exam centre fraud.
“The Ghana Education Service must strengthen its sanctions regime for teachers who participate in exam centre fraud. The current sanctions regime is not deterrent. Outright dismissal is the way to go.
We can only improve the ratios!”