Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, has defended former President John Dramani Mahama over his assertion that the recent results released by the West African Examination Council for the WASSCE were not the true reflection of the exams.
Mr. Mahama asserted that several of the students were made to cheat or were assisted in their exams, and the results released by the government did not reflect the true results of the students.
He had come under attack from government communicators.
But reacting, Dr. Apaak, also the MP for Builsa South, said whatever Mahama was the truth since there were several pieces of evidence proving that some of the results were cooked.
He has also attached complaints by some teachers and other stakeholders who have expressed worry about the issue.
He also referenced monitoring done by an education think tank, Africa Education Watch, which has proven year after year that students are assaulted to cheat in exams to ensure favourable results.
He also shared a message from Mr. Alorvi, a stakeholder in the education sector, in which a teacher bitterly complained about how he regrets not allowing organised cheating as a supervisor during the exams.
Read his statement below
John Dramani Mahama said it as it is when he said some students were allowed to cheat during the recent WASSCE [GHASSCE] examinations.
Africa Education Watch’s monitoring of WASSCE examinations over the past few years has revealed that cheating has become more widespread and brazing. In some instances, it’s organised, with teachers and supervisors helping students to cheat.
I share here, with the permission of Mr. Alorvi, a message to him by a teacher on cheating. As indicated in the message, the teacher is an assistant supervisor for examinations in his school as well as an assistant WAEC examiner.
From his message, he regrets not allowing organised cheating in this year’s WASSCE in his school.
As John Dramani Mahama rightly indicated, the effects of cheating will be apparent in the not too distant future. The sooner we seriously address examination malpractices, the better for us as a nation.
Below are the messages from the teacher