A report from the Education Policy Think Tank, Africa Education Watch says out of the 20 WASSCE papers it monitored for this year’s exams, 11 of them leaked.

The education think tank said its online monitoring team joined over 30 free WhatsApp and Telegram Pages to observe proceedings before and during the examinations.

“These platforms leaked 11 out of the 20 papers monitored, days and hours before the scheduled dates for the papers,” the report indicated.

Adding that “Telegram and WhatsApp pages monitored had over 200,000 subscribers, with the Legit WASSCE Telegram Page having over 60,000 of this total number.

“Members of the Online Monitoring Team joined over 30 free WhatsApp and Telegram Pages to observe proceedings before and during the examinations.”

According to the Eduwatch 2021 WASSCE monitoring report, the papers which leaked were English language paper 2, Physics paper 2, Elective Mathematics paper 2 and Core Mathematics paper 1 and 2.

The others are; Integrated Science paper 1 and 2, Economics paper 2, Chemistry paper 1, Biology practical, Foods and Nutrition practical, NABPTEX English language and NABPTEX Social studies.

The report also stated that its online monitoring team received the “majority (45%) of the leaked papers between one to three hours before the scheduled time for the examination, followed by 35% arriving between seven to 106 hours (five days) prior to the exam. The smallest proportion of 18% arrived between six to four hours before the scheduled time for the commencement of papers.”

The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare presenting the findings in Accra, said, “Out of the 20 papers, we monitored, 55% of them leaked, 45% of them did not leak.

“All the 20 papers were circulated. Out of those circulated, 55% of them had the questions appearing in full or parts in the examination.”

It further alleged that syndicates sold the leaked papers for prices ranging between ¢30 and ¢150.

“The papers were initially priced between ¢30 and ¢100 each at the beginning of the examinations. However, after the Elective Mathematics 1 & 2, which was a very successful leak, prices for the remaining papers went as high as ¢150, requiring VIP members to top up/pay more,” the report stated.

The Africa Education Watch therefore recommended that “a high-level inquiry should be launched into the questions leakages that occasioned the 2021 WASSCE, with specific emphasis on ascertaining the exact source of leaks within the question supply chain.”

The Education Policy Think Tank in September 2021 petitioned the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the source of question leakages in the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

After a careful scrutiny, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) said it confirmed the leakage of some papers and rescheduled the physics and Business Management papers that were to be written.



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