BECE 2024 :16 Teachers busted for infractions

16 teachers, some of whom were exam officials, were detained at many testing locations around the nation two days into the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for School and Private Candidates due to their involvement in examination malpractice.

In a statement released on Tuesday, WAEC stated that briefing meetings with supervisors and district directors of education were held prior to the exam, primarily to inform them of the new regulations pertaining to the test.

“Among other things, the supervisors were informed that they were prohibited from bringing along mobile phones to the examination centres. A stern warning was issued against this practice.”

“However, some chose not to heed this advice and so they were arrested by the NIB and the locally recruited agents by WAEC and handed over to the police,” it added.

According to the Council, three teachers at the Save our Souls Educational Centre in Bekwai were removed for attempting to support the candidates.

“They are Patience Serwaah, Oscar Ben Azumah, and Thomas Gyimadu. Other persons who were unrelated to the examination but came around attempting to assist the candidates are Christian Osei and Kyei Baffour Alex,” it added.

According to WAEC, two invigilators were detained at the Jinijini Senior High School Center for stealing screenshots of the English Language exam papers and sharing them on the “Koraso Ma JHS” WhatsApp group.

“Nkoranza Senior High School. An invigilator, Abeam Danso, was arrested with a mobile phone on which were answers to the Religious and Moral Education Questions. Chemu Senior High School, Tema, a teacher, Amoako Joseph, was arrested for taking pictures of the question papers and posting them on a platform named ‘Apor Lord for BECE, 2024.’

“Liberty Hills School centre, an invigilator, Faaweerie Patrick, was arrested for taking pictures of the Science paper and handed over to the police. Jachie Pramso SHS centre in the Ashanti Region, an invigilator, Danso Emmanuel had a phone on him in the examination while Mensah Emmanuel (invigilator) had pieces of paper on which were answers to the questions of the English Language paper,” WAEC stated.

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