The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education has expressed concerns over an ever-ending examination malpractice at The Second Circle Education level, during external examinations.
The members, during the consideration stage of The Committee’s reports on 2018 budget estimates disclosed that, cheating during exams is very rampant in spite of public warning against the act.
The Committee, noted that examination malpractices continue to remain a challenge to West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), suggesting that…”while some supervisors engage in examination malpractices, some communities also engage in organised
cheating during examinations.”
Submitting the Committee’s report for approval of nine billion, two hundred and fifty-eight million, eight hundred and thirty nine thousand, eight hundred and twenty-seven cedis (GH¢9, 258, 839,827.00 for the programmes and activities of the Ministry of Education for the 2018 Financial Year, the “officials of the Council informed the Committee that WAEC will increase its public education and sensitisation on the consequences of examination malpractices.
It will also ensure the Council’s presence in identified communities to reduce mass cheating during examinations.”
Furthermore, it will continue to use the Differentia Profile Software to detect examination malpractices in multiple-choice tests, WAEC officials revealed.
The Committee, Chaired by Stevens Siaka urged the Ministry of Finance to ensure timely releases of funds to WAEC to enable it implement measures it has instituted to control examination malpractice (s) in the country.
The Committee also recommends that persons found guilty of examination malpractices should be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
In the 2018 Budget, allocation, WAEC (National) has been allocated a sum of GH¢10,320, 146.00 for the implentation of its activities for the 2018 fiscal year.
This comprises an amount of GH¢10,220,146.00 for the compensation of its employees an GH¢100,000.00 for Goods and Services.
In relation to 2018 BECE Fees, The Committee observed that, “the approved fees for year 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is GH¢75.00 per candidate.
Officials of WAEC informed the Committee that Government has undertaken to pay 100% of the fees for candidates in Public Schools.
To this end, the Ministry has been provided with an amount of GH¢26,7 25,800 for the payment of fees for candidates in Public Schools.”
However, candidates in Private Schools would be required to pay the full approved fee of GH¢7 5.00 per candidate.
The Committee also observed that most of the Agencies under the Ministry need vehicles for their operations, complaining that, “those with vehicles available at their disposable are bedevilled with constant breakdown of the vehicles and high maintenance cost.
To reduce teacher absenteeism and promote effective teaching and learning, GES has instituted a lot of measures to ensure effective and efficient monitoring and supervision of its activities across the country.
Unfortunately, lack of adequate vehicles is thwarting the efforts of GES to achieve its targets.
The National Inspectorate Board also has a number of vehicles (double-cabin pick-ups). Regrettably, all of them need to be overhauled or replaced.”
The situation has angered the Committee Members, so much so that, they’ve direct they The Ministry of Finance to provide with the GES with necessary tools and logistics for the day-to-day running of their operations, with a call on the Ministry of Education to collaborate with the Ministry of Finance to ensure that funds are made available for the acquisition of vehicles for the Agencies that are in dire need of vehicles.