A former Director-General and Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has rebutted claims that government’s free Senior High School policy is the cause of students depending on leaked questions to pass their final exams.

Professor Stephen Adei stated that examination malpractices are a systemic problem which must be tackled strategically.

His comments come after several videos of students mourning their failure surfaced on social media.

Some of them claimed they could not answer the questions that were set in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Wednesday, the Professor advised against destroying the image of a policy that is supposed to benefit the less privileged.

“This is absolutely nonsense. This thing has been there all the time and it is not a free SHS thing. For the past decade there have been so many cancellations of exams, hasn’t there?”

“If you double the students, the cancer doubles,” he told host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Kojo Yankson.

He called for the partnership of parents and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to work towards elimination the mentality amongst these students.

He recounted how some invigilators are seen as inferior when they uphold discipline and play to the rules.

“Anything you allow to fester gets worse. If others have allowed them to do so, they see this headmaster as ‘are you from Mars?’ ” he said.

The WASSCE started Monday, July 20, across the country after over a month of preparation in school.

Recently, there were pictures of some purported Integrated Science question papers that were circulating on social media.

These were quickly rejected by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), describing them as fake.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) also warned candidates against concentrating on these ‘leaked’ question papers at their own peril.