4 Teachers Arrested In Kumasi Over BECE Leakage

Police in Kumasi yesterday arrested four teachers, including an invigilator, at the Ahenema-Kokoben D/A Junior High School on suspicion that they were solving ongoing examination questions for some Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates.

Chief Inspector Godwin Ahianyo, Deputy PRO of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, told DAILY GUIDE that three of the suspects –  Emmanuel Opoku, Kenneth Kwadwo Boateng and Collins Boateng – were arrested upon a tip-off, whilst the fourth suspect, Osei Kwadwo Danso, an invigilator, was later picked up for questioning from the school.

According to him, Emmanuel Opoku, 29, Mathematics teacher; Kenneth Kwadwo Boateng, 25, French & ICT teacher and Collins Boateng, 29, RME teacher, were arrested while in the process of photocopying hand-written objective answers of the ICT paper that the pupils were writing Friday morning.

Chief Inspector Ahianyo said a body search on the suspects revealed an amount of GHȼ600 on Kenneth Kwadwo Boateng, which he claimed was taken from some of the candidates to assist in solving the objective ICT questions for them.

He disclosed that the police also found a photocopier (with inscription D/A DSH staff), one laptop, and a set of discs in the room, which is close to the Ahenema-Kokoben Pentecost Church.

The police spokesperson narrated that further search revealed hand-written objective answers from one to ten, believed to be the answers for the solved questions.

He intimated that a fourth suspect, Osei Kwadwo Danso, RME teacher at Dida JHS at Agric Nzema in Kumasi, who was invigilating at the Ahenema-Kokoben D/A JHS, was named and identified by the three suspects as their accomplice in the crime.

Chief Inspector Ahianyo said all the four suspects had been put in custody as the law enforcers continued their efforts to reach officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in the region as part of investigations.

The ongoing BECE examination has been rocked by leakages leading to the cancellation of five papers.

10 Arrests
Ten persons have so far been arrested in connection with the massive leakage of the BECE papers.

The suspects include three junior high school students and seven others. The students were arrested for allegedly possessing some of the leaked papers while the seven others were rounded up in Kumasi for allegedly aiding in the fraud.

The papers WAEC has cancelled are the part 2 of English Language, Religious and Moral Education, Integrated Science, Mathematics and Social Studies.

The leaked papers have been scheduled to be re-taken on June 29 and 30, 2015, according to a statement by WAEC.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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