The Ghana Education Service is asking students writing this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) not to rush into providing answers to questions.
In his goodwill message to the students, who started the examination nationwide on Friday, GES Director General Jacob A.M. Kor also cautioned candidates against cheating.
“We urge all candidates to pay critical attention to questions before attempting to answer them, obey instructions and avoid examination malpractices so as to be successful,” he said in a statement on Friday.
He wished the students well and commended teachers and other stakeholders for their efforts at ensuring that the Ghanaian child receives quality education for better life.
Mr. Kor warned that his outfit would not hesitate to crack the whip on persons who engaged in examination malpractices.
“Candidates are to note that the Item Differential Profile (IDP), a security device, which is now in use, functions effectively using binomial theory to detect all forms of examination malpractice.
“Any candidate, teacher, head of school or member of the general public, who is detected to have indulged in conspiracy or any form of examination malpractice, shall be punished according to the law.”
The examination is being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Over 250,000 students from public and private schools are expected to write the examinations.