Following the alleged leakage of the Physics and Business Management papers for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed the conduct of the two papers.
The Physics and Business Management papers according to the 2021 WASSCE timetable released by WAEC was scheduled for today, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 8:00 am and are expected to be written in all centres nationwide.
Reports available to unitedshowbiz.com.gh indicates that the two papers had been l****d on social media by rogue website operators hours before the conduct of the papers thereby making it impossible for the exams to be conducted.
In a post sighted by us on social media, a source revealed, “Today’s Physics and Business Management papers have been re-scheduled indefinitely by WAEC. The Apo is toooo much. Abah!,”
However, in an interview on Peace FM‘s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘, the PRO of the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng said WAEC has only rescheduled to another date.
In an official release by WAEC titled the Second update on the conduct of WASSCE 2021, the Council confirmed the leakage of the two papers.
The Council has released new dates for the conduct of the two papers and below reads the press briefing:
Below are trending posts on Twitter on the alleged WASSCE leakage and postponement:
It is no secret that every year, the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is bedevilled with allegations of leakages of the examination questions days, hours before the students sit the papers, with this year being no exception.
Some years, like 2002, 2006 and 2009, have seen the West African Examination Council (WAEC) cancel all or some of the papers after these leakages have been alledged, investigated and confirmed, sometimes even days or weeks after the said subjects had been written.
Other years like 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 have seen WAEC turn a completely deaf ear to the leakages, denied the same and have allowed the students to have a field day with the fraud.
It is also obvious, and, above all, worrying, that, all indications point to the fact that, after witnessing consistent leakages in the over 20 year period of WAEC-supervised WASSCE, these leakages seem not to be stopping anytime soon, especially with the current trend where WAEC has decided not to ‘mind’ the leakages, and sometimes actually come out to defend the act, like 2020’s where they released a press statement that admitted that though there were leakages of the papers, the said leakages did not happen from their quarters.
Thus, blame was shifted to the teachers, invigilators, education officers, etc who were believed to have handled the papers.
This fraudulent act poses a huge dent on WAEC’s certificates. It twitches the genuineness of the certificates and reduces the global weight and respect it has (or could have).
Therefore, it is about time we, as a nation, discussed thoroughly how to deal with this examination albatross that hangs around our neck.