The West African Examination Council (WAEC) is staying with its new strategy to fly examination questions papers to the examination centres in the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), in a bid to avoid the recurrent leakages.
The BECE has been scheduled for June 13-17, 2016 “The papers have already been printed outside this country.
The questions fly in and you also fly it by aircraft, that is, helicopter or what have you, to the various regions for instance Tamale among others and from there the BNI and WAEC officers will distribute them,” Senior Officer at the Human Language and Test Administration Department of WAEC, Daniel Nii Dodu has announced.
Citifmonline.com earlier reported that WAEC flew question papers to centres in the just ended West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) following the leakages of some of the papers.
WAEC flew some of the papers on a Starbow flight to Tamale in the Northern Region, Kumasi for the Ashanti Region papers and Takoradi in the Western Region. According to the council, it has employed stringent measures to ensure a leakage free B.E.C.E questions this year.
This follows widespread leakages in the 2015 and 2016 BECE and WASSCE exams respectively. Speaking at a thanksgiving service at the His Majesty Senior High School, Daniel Nii Dodu assured that “there will be no examination leakage this year.”
“We have taken firm conviction from within WAEC and our agent that there shall be no mole between us who will leak question papers, at best what they will give you is fake and they will take your monies for free. We are not going to run the depots as we used to do, where we keep your question paper.”
He explained that the question paper will be distributed from WAEC’s central source “where there will be no human interference.”
“The papers have already been printed outside this country. The questions fly in and you also fly it by aircraft, that is, helicopter or what have you, to the various regions for instance Tamale among others and from there the BNI and WAEC officers will distribute them,” he added.
Over 400,000 sitting for 2016
BECE A total of 438,048 candidates from 14,267 public and private junior high schools (JHSs) will write this BECE across the country.
The number represents an increase of 35,966 over last year’s figure of 392,082. The candidates, who are made up of 239,963 males and 221,050 females, will write the examination at 1,598 centres.
5 BECE papers cancelled
WAEC during the 2015 BECE exams cancelled about five papers after it emerged that those papers had been “compromised.” A date was subsequently set for the affected students to re-write the papers.