Listen to article
Examiners for the ongoing West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations say they now fear for their lives after their contact details were leaked in addition to exam questions on social media platforms.
The ongoing examinations has been riddled with scandals, the latest being the leakage of some questions.
The Africa Education Watch has already hinted of petitioning parliament of the development.
Deputy Ranking Member for the Education Committee in Parliament Dr Clement Apaak has said the situation has implications for Ghana’s integrity.
Chemistry practical paper written by the final year students yesterday was circulating on various social media platforms before the day of the exam.
The same situation was recorded for the core maths paper that was written on Monday.
An examiner who spoke to Starr News on condition of anonymity said that he feels threatened because his telephone number was in the public domain.
He said “these details of us are supposed to be confidential. WAEC is supposed to keep them confidential. Now that these details are out, it means that if anybody wants to contact any examiner and then maybe try to lure into doing things that you not supposed to do. And if a school for instance should contact you and you say you are not going to budge to whatever request you are making, you will see that your life is threatened.”
“So, that’s our concern now, because this is supposed to be confidential information that we have given to WAEC, why is it on social media. Our names, where we teach, email address, our phone numbers, everything is now on social media across the country.”
Speaking to Regina Borley Bortey on the Midday News Dr Apaak maintained “that clearly has implications for integrity of the exams and in fact the reputation of the examining body and it also has implication for the reputation for Ghana as a nation.”
He went on “because remember that in Ghana, our wards are expected to be competitive among their colleagues in the West African sub-region and in different parts of the world. That too raises a number of concerns.”
On the leakage of details of WAEC examiners he noted “that’s the worry because the publication of their details, they are not just exposed to the possibility of people trying to influence them, but even their personal security is at stake.”