Ghana Education News Update: BECE candidates forced to write exams barefooted to prevent exams malpractice.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has a lot of explanations to make to the people of Ghana for forcing 2014 BECE candidates to write their exams barefooted to prevent exams malpractice. This old-fashioned and unscientific approach to ensuring compliance in the ongoing WAEC administered BECE is wrong.
The unfortunate strategy towards preventing examination malpractice took place in Bawku District in the Upper East Region where some 1845 candidates were taking the 2021 BECE papers. According to information available to Ghanaeducation.org, candidates were put under duress which coerced them into doing something (removing their shoes and stocks) which was against their will.
One officer at the District, Mr. Timothy Nasal indicated that the directive was to ensure no form of examination malpractice is allowed. According to him, their investigations and searches showed that some candidates hide foreign materials in their shoes which they end up taking into the examination halls.
The West African Examination Council while putting measures in place to prevent any form of malpractice.
It must also ensure that the students are not maltreated. Forcing students to write the examination barefooted may help minimize malpractices however such students may also opt for other ways of sneaking in such materials.
Applying the punitive measures and actions to be taken when a student is caught with foreign materials during the examination can be a better deterrent for like-minded persons rather than this approach.
One question that needs to be answered is this if students are hiding the same examination materials in their uniforms in a special way and this is detected what happens to their uniforms? Let us innovate and use unquestionable methods for dealing with examination malpractices. This approach is totally unacceptable.
Students also need to avoid the temptation of cheating and their teachers and parents must do more to educate their candidates on the risks they face should they be caught.
In related news, 12 Teachers have been arrested over 2021 BECE malpractice on day one for the ongoing 2021 BECE.