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Prioritise security of BECE exam papers – Gizella Tetteh to WAEC

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The Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, Gizella Tetteh Agbotui, has urged the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to take the security of the Basic Education Certificate Examination papers as a national security project, indicating that leakage of papers and subsequent cancellation, discourages students who have spent hours studying for the exams.

Speaking to Citi News after Impacting the Next Generation Foundation organised a seminar ahead of the start of the Basic Education Certificate Examination today, July 8, 2024, she noted that should there be an alternative to WAEC that offers better examination security, some Ghanaians will vouch for that to avoid the annual ritual of examination leakages.

“My simple advice to WAEC is that they should treat the security of the exams as a national security issue. It is not pleasant to see or hear that exam papers have leaked when children have spent hours learning for a paper and it leaks and is cancelled; it is very disheartening.

“So, WAEC must do all they can this time around. It is becoming more frequent and too often. This shows that there are so many security breaches within the system in WAEC, and they should do better. 

“Let Ghanaians be able to say that this time around, there were no leakages and everything was well. Because this is what we expect them to do as an organisation.

“Otherwise, if there is an alternative with better examination security, wouldn’t Ghanaians prefer to go for that one? This cannot continue; there are so many risks surrounding writing exams these days,” he stated. 

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