We are sorry for the trauma: WAEC tells students,parents

For the trauma students are going through after an unprecedented leakage of exam papers in the BECE, the West Africa Examinations Council says it is sorry.

“It is unfortunate that papers have been cancelled….this is rather disheartening for everybody, we are sorry about the trauma in which some of the students might be” Director of Public Affairs at WAEC, Agnes Teye Cudjoe said on Joy FM’s Ghana Connect.

She is pleading with parents, students and teachers to bear with the exam administration institution as it prepares to organize a re-sit of five papers after they leaked on Wednesday.

The affected papers are English paper two, Mathematics Paper two, Integrated Science, Religious and Moral Education (RME) paper two and social studies.

The five-day examinations will now go into extra time on the 29th and 30th June 2015.

Over 438,000 students will now be expected to re-take the five papers in two days.

A student expressed fears that two days for five papers is too short. But the Director of Public Affairs explained, the Council kept it short because it didn’t want to prolong the stress students have already gone through.

She said WAEC wanted to get the process done with before July 1 which is a public holiday.

While WAEC goes through a difficult period, Agnes Teye Cudjoe wants all the affected stakeholders to “remain calm” and “support” WAEC.

She encouraged parents and teachers to psyche their students up to show determination and prepare for the re-sit.

“At this point, we would please ask all parents, all school authorities to encourage the candidates to please spend a few more hours, a few more days behind their books to revise for the cancelled papers to enable them pass”, she pleaded.

Patricia, a student in the studio responded ‘ I will try”.

National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT’s) Angel Carbonu criticized WAEC for failing to put in place standardised procedures to guide the selection supervisors and invigilators.

“There is no special selection as to who becomes an invigilator. One assumes that when you are a teacher in your school, it is your responsibility to invigilate. The selection of who becomes an invigilator will become a contributory factor in these acts of malfeasance,” he stated.

But Agnes Cudjoe believes if a teacher who teaches is unfit to also invigilate “then….we have a bigger problem than we think”.

She believes NAGRAT should move away from assigning blame because teachers are also culpable in the exam leakages.

She explained that WAEC does not select invigilators for exams. It is the Ghana Education Service, she said.

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