The Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare, says the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) saying it is considering suing them is nothing new, describing the decision as unfortunate.
“WAEC taking us to court is unfortunate because we have been guided by the public’s interest in all our dealings, and we have also engaged WAEC during the process,” he told JoyNews’ AM Show, Wednesday.
Mr Asare added that if WAEC “still feel that they have been slighted bruise or they feel injured by any aspect of our publication and that the law court is the best for reform for them, they have every right to do so.”
WAEC had indicated a possible action against the education think tank, including suing them over their recent reports citing malpractices and leaking exam questions in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The report by the Education think tank intercepted an excel spreadsheet on social media, which contained 1,520 names of WAEC examiners for the said exam claiming that some examination papers were leaked to the public.
Speaking on JoyNews’ AM Show, Mr Asare described the possible action by WAEC as no in good faith, stressing that their findings are in the public interest.
According to him, the organisation stands by “every finding in the report” and will not retract because of WAEC’s lawsuit threat.
“WAEC taking us to court is nothing new, we took WAEC to court last year, we’ve been in court since last year August when they released the names and contacts of their member and so being in court with WAEC is nothing new.”
The Executive Director said the focus of Africa Education Watch is to influence policy and improve the assessment system hence their call for reform.
“We want the focus of our report to be on supporting the Ministry to implement the recommendations so that we will be having a different discussion tomorrow and not the same thing,” he said.
“We acknowledge that in Ghana, it is taboo to have difficult discussions about pressing problems because most times we feel sad to talk about them.
“But we are prepared to have difficult discussions about such challenges and confront the issue today instead of deferring it for the future, and that is why
The Africa Education Watch had argued there could be a possible conflict of interest when teachers invigilate students, therefore, a need to engage non-teaching staff during examination.
He explained that as part of efforts to ensure teachers up their game, WAEC put in place a sort of competition to credit teachers of schools whose pupil comes out with flying colours in at least six subjects.
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