The West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), has withheld the results of over five hundred candidates at the Techiman Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Citi News’ Brong Ahafo correspondent reported that although the school was not cited in any of the categories of schools which were found to have engaged in exam malpractices, the school authorities say the results have been withheld for scrutiny.
This has put the candidates, who are poised to further their education, in a dilemma, as they ponder over when they will know their fate.
Some of the affected candidates who spoke to Citi News expressed their frustration about the development.
One affected candidate said :“This situation has put me through quite a lot. The institutions that we applied for gave us a deadline and the deadline has come and gone. Right now we don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. I’m just holding on.”
“I applied to schools, stating clearly that I’m awaiting forms with the WASSCE 2016 results. I have no option but to wait for next year,” another said.
Meanwhile, a frustrated parent has asked authorities at WAEC to take steps to address the issue immediately.
“We don’t know what they want us to do. I think they want our children to stay in the house. At the end of the term or the year, they can’t go anywhere…,” she said.
The Headmaster of the school, Jacob Afor, also responded to the development, saying “We have contacted WAEC and they have stated that they are scrutinizing some schools’ results and ours have been slated for scrutiny. I am still following. We were not cited for exam malpractice. We don’t know of anything nasty that occurred during the exams that will call for such scrutiny but they are stakeholders so we are just crossing our fingers and waiting,” he said.
1,576 candidates had some of their subjects cancelled, while 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled in 2016 WASSCE.
The entire results of candidates presented by 85 schools have been withheld while investigations into alleged cases of mass cheating are being conducted.
The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise.