‘No student will be allowed to enter the exam hall with a wrist watch’ – GES rules in a new directive

The Ghana Education Service (GES) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education has issued a new directive that bans students from wearing wristwatches into exams halls.

The new directive was made known by Mrs Sally Nelly Coleman, the Metro Director of Education at the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly.

“The new directive from the GES is that no student will be allowed to enter the exam hall with a wristwatch and so both students and parents should take note of this and strictly adhere to it” – she stated

GES strongly believes that the use of electronic communication devices such as smartwatches worn on the wrist contributes to irregularities in and outside examination halls.

A 2017 Report by WAEC on Cheating

In 2017, the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) as an examination board established by law noted that most students used smartwatches to cheat.

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WAEC believes these watches are used by the candidates to transmit information on the exams and receive necessary external help.

This was revealed by the Council at an Educational Seminar for the media in Accra.

Acting Head, Test Development Division, C.K. Osafo, says WAEC needs the collaboration of various stakeholders to curb the situation.

4.8 per cent of candidates who partook in the 2017 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination were found to have engaged in examination malpractice.

C.K. Osafo assured that the Council was stepping up its efforts to arrest the canker.

Source: unitedshowbiz.com.gh