Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Professor Stephen Adei has outlined some measures to check examination malpractice in the country.
The measures include replacing the paper-based testing system with a computer-based one.
“Technically what do I mean by that? For example in other jurisdictions where ICT is facilitated, every student’s paper is different because [when] they open their computer there are different types of questions and items, but of the same standard,” he told Kojo Yankson on the Super Morning Super Show.
His comments come after some students of the Tweneboah Kodua Senior High School admitted to receiving examination questions ahead of their Integrated Science paper.
Prior to the exam, the students threatened to boycott the paper over strict invigilation.
After the paper, a student confirmed that some students of the school had indeed received Paper two of the Science paper in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Prof. Adei condemning the act insisted that it was a practice that needed to be eradicated with immediate effect as it created a wrong perception for students that success can be attained through cheating.
The former Rector said the problem has long persisted, and among the worst of cases was that of Junior High Schools students who allegedly pay monies to their teachers, invigilators and some directors of education for exam questions to be released to them ahead of time.
He added that for the country to secure the future of its students, measures must be put in place to prevent anyone from predicting what will come in any exam.
“For me all these children are capable of studying and passing their exams. Here are people who are losing their capacity, both intellectual and moral capacity for a better life in future and I think that all of us [as] parents, and the Ghana Education service must put our heads together to come out with a strategy,” he said.
“And unless our children’s come to a point whereby they realise that this is not the route to success, we are in a bigger problem,” he added.