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Conduct of Candidates of maiden Promotion Exams suggests no act of Exam Malpractice – GES

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has debunked rumours that its maiden promotion exam for teachers had leaked.

The GES said in a statement signed by its Ditrctor-General ,Prof. Kwesi Opoku AmankwaFebruary 22,2020 , that there were allegations of leakage of the examination papers reported in some sections of the media for which at this age of advanced ICT knowledge and skills, the possibility of leakage before and during the examination cannot be completely ruled out.

It further indicated that initial checks and reports from all the 35 examinations centres across the country do not suggest that applicants had fore knowledge of the questions.

The Ges was emphatic that no cases of malpractice have so far been reported. The general conduct of the applicants before, during and immediately after the examinations do not suggest any act of examination malpractice.

”There were also allegations of leakage of the examination papers reported in some
sections of the media. In this age of advanced ICT knowledge and skills, the possibility
of leakage before and during the examination cannot be completely ruled out.”

The GES said reports from almost all the centres show that much as the teachers liked
and praised the new process, they equally indicated that the questions were fairly
above their expectations.

It indicated,majority of the applicants sat through till the end of the paper and some suggested the need to review the time allotted in subsequent examinations

”Indeed, the reports from almost all the centres show that much as the teachers liked
and praised the new process, they equally indicated that the questions were fairly
above their expectations.”

”Majority of the applicants sat through till the end of the paper and some suggested the need to review the time allotted in subsequent examinations.”

Investigations

The management of the GES said it has initiated investigations into the allegations of
leakage and any individual, group, supervisor and or, invigilator found to have
engaged in any form of examination malpractice, before, during and after the
examinations, will be duly sanctioned in accordance with regulations binding public
Examinations.

”These initial commendations notwithstanding, Management wishes to assure all
including the general public that it has initiated investigations into the allegations of
leakage and any individual, group, supervisor and or, invigilator found to have
engaged in any form of examination malpractice, before, during and after the
examinations, will be duly sanctioned in accordance with regulations binding public
Examinations.” It said.

The Management of the GES said it is willing and ready to work with any person(s) or organisation(s) with information on the alleged leakage and urges them to come over to assist.

”Management of GES is willing and ready to work with any person(s) or organisation(s)
with information on the alleged leakage and urges them to come over to assist.”

Challenges

According to the GES, the process faced some initial challenges: some shortlisted
candidates either did not receive their index numbers at all, or received them late;
some index numbers and names were mixed up; some applicants were assigned to
wrong examination centres, etc

The GES said Majority of all such issues that came to their attention
were referred to the consultants and were resolved on or before the examinations dates.

”As new a programme, the process faced some initial challenges: some shortlisted
candidates either did not receive their index numbers at all, or received them late;
some index numbers and names were mixed up; some applicants were assigned to
wrong examination centres, etc. Majority of all such issues that came to our attention
were referred to the consultants and were resolved on or before the examinations dates” The Ges Said.

Appreciation

Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES), expressed its
unfathomable thanks and appreciation to all staff of the Service, particularly the 33,650
shortlisted applicants who took part in the maiden Promotion Aptitude Test held on 20th
and 21st February, 2020 in 35 Centres across the country.

”Management of GES is highly grateful to the leadership of the Pre-Tertiary Education
Unions for their support and immense contribution to the new promotion process. We
stand honoured by their singular gesture.”

”Management further expresses its gratitude to the consultants who conducted the
examinations for the yeoman’s work done.”

”To the supervisors, invigilators and the combined monitoring team made up of GES
Council members, GES Management and headquarters staff, Regional and District
Directors and their staff, and representatives of the Unions, we appreciate your time
spent to ensure the success of this new promotion process.”

”Management is equally grateful to the media for informing and educating the general
public on the new programme.”

Source: EducationGhana.net

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