The National Union of Ghana Students is calling for a comprehensive investigation into the leakage of examination papers in the ongoing 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Union also wants any official of the West African Examinations Council who is found to have played a role in the leakage to be prosecuted.
The President of NUGS, Mr Isaac Jay Hyde told Graphic Online that leakages of examination papers from WAEC have become the norm because the body does not hold its officials accountable for such criminal acts.
According to him, students always bear the psychological and emotional brunt of such leakages because WAEC punishes them by setting new questions and forcing students who may not have had access to the leaks to write the papers again.
“Examination papers always leak from WAEC and their officials are never held accountable, this time WAEC must be seen to be holding its officials accountable.
“There must be an investigation, whether internal or external, this time we must know who is responsible for this leak. The culprits must also be punished students cannot continue to suffer while the major actors who always get access to the questions go scot-free only to repeat their acts during the next exam”.
The NUGS in a press statement issued today said it was shocked and disgusting that examination papers continue to leak as a result of the willful negligence of the WAEC.
The Union also urged WAEC and other stakeholders such as the Ghana Education Service (GES) to put in place strict measures to end this spectacle of exam leakages.
“It is suicidal for the notion that many students are ending their secondary Academic lives and potentially qualifying to be enrolled in tertiary institutions with the help of leaked question papers,” the statement said.
“The National Union of Ghana Students strongly holds that the failure of authorities to end this cycle of paper leakages further perpetuates the already stark inequities and inequalities in our educational system, as students who can afford to obtain these hacked papers already have a superior advantage over those deprived ones who cannot
“In addition to perpetuating these inequities deeply rooted in our educational system, it must be noted that this continuous leakage of examination papers goes against all efforts towards building a meritorious, society, in which one’s success is determined by his or her talent and hard work and not dependent on bow best one can cut comers to be successful
“It must be noted that education is the backbone of the development of any nation. and that our students are the future of this country. Students should, therefore, be trained in ways that equip them with the necessary skills, values and training such that they will be able to steer the affairs of this country in the right direction. The endless leaking of examination papers only trains our students to adopt unfair means of success in their educational and professional careers a situation that will only break the moral fibre of society and roll back the little giants we have made as a people”.