A decision by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to engage some 1,520 examiners to mark this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has been suspended.
This was after education think-tank, Africa Education Watch filed a suit against the examination body to challenge the decision.
Concerns had been raised after the names and contacts of these examiners surfaced on social media raising concerns about the credibility of the examination body.
In Africa Education Watch’s suit sighted by Dailymailgh.com, WAEC was accused of being “careless and irresponsible in its duties as a result of the leakage of such vital and secret data to the public which does not conform with other internationally accepted standards”.
The group says instead of WAEC changing these 1,520 examiners and replace them with the exams body’s over 20,000 acclaimed examiners, it has gone to commence pre-marking formalities with the same examiners whose contacts were leaked to the public.
“We believe it is against International Standards (including WAEC’s) to use examiners whose identity and contact details have been publicly disclosed, as markers in an international examination. This we believe is likely to affect the integrity of Ghana’s pre-tertiary assessment system and the credibility of the WASSCE 2020 Certificate”, the think tank noted in a statement.
The Africa Education Watch has therefore sued WAEC and has further filed an injunction application on notice at an Accra High Court over the matter.
The education think tank is seeking:
1. A declaration that the purported conduct of the defendant [WAEC] was irregular, below standard, and unacceptable.
2. An order to set aside every purported list, meeting, or appointments meant to mark and grade the results of all WAEC examination until new appointments are made to exclude every name on the leaked documents making rounds in the social media.
3. An order injunction restraining the defendant, their agents, and assigns from purporting to act in any manner that contravenes the laid down rules, regulations, and general principles regarding the conduct of external examinations in Ghana.
4. Any further or other order or relief as the court may deem fit in the circumstances.
5. Costs in the suit
Source: Daily Mail GH