WAEC to Introduce QR Codes Embeds in Question Papers to Curb Exams Malpractices

The leadership of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has disclosed that it has made considerations in the introduction of QR codes to be embedded in each question paper to curb examination malpractices as announced by Professor Ato Essuman, the Chairman of WAEC.

In his explanation, Professor Ato Essuman stated that it will be difficult to make duplications of question papers due to new innovation and other similar uses as monitored by unitedshowbiz.com.gh in a media address on the sidelines of the 69th Annual Council meeting.

“We have a new innovation now, that will track the question papers through the QR code. Whenever anyone tries running copies of a question paper, we will be alerted through our server.”

“Each question paper will have a unique code, linked to a candidate’s index number and identification number. We can thus trace the perpetrators,” Prof. Essuman said.

The council has long been chastised for the test irregularities that plague its external examinations.

As a result of suspected examination malpractices, the subject results of 2,383 candidates in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) were canceled.

The council further voids 480 candidates’ results for using cellphones in test halls and withholds the results of 380 others for participating in different forms of examination malpractice.

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Some people posted WASSCE papers on social media ahead of the test, with many saying it was done to ensure that the first batch of Free SHS students graduated.

Most rogue blogs forecast questions and answers on the various subjects prior to the dates set for candidates to write, while others posted pictures of previous questions.

In addition, other candidates were able to receive snapshots of the original question paper after the test began, which they forwarded to be sorted out and answers submitted to them.

As a result, there were several reports of examination malpractice involving cell phones and foreign materials.

Other candidates used their trips to the washroom to recover photocopied remedies that had been left there on purpose earlier.

Source: unitedshowbiz.com.gh


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