Four people have been picked up by the Ghana Police Service, according to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), for allegedly engaging in examination transgression on Monday as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) got underway.
The arrests serve as a reminder of the commitment to upholding the integrity of the examination process and are attributed to the adoption of stricter procedures this year to combat exam malpractice and establish an atmosphere that forbids pupils from engaging in any sort of misconduct.
Mr. John Kapi, the head of public affairs at WAEC, confirmed the arrests in an interview with Joy FM. He explained that the culprits were arrested in the Ashanti, Tema Central, and Central regions.
One person was detained in the Ashanti region while attempting to enter the exam room with materials prepared for the candidates, according to Mr. Kapi, who went on to explain the circumstances surrounding the detention.
A female was also detained in Tema Central for having a tablet with examination materials on it that was supposed to be given to candidates.
Two people were found with answered questions during the exams in the Central region.
The WAEC spokesperson emphasized that the arrested individuals had violated the examination rules set forth by WAEC.
He reiterated, “According to our rules and regulations governing the conduct of examinations at WAEC, any breach of these rules is promptly reported to law enforcement agencies. Subsequently, those individuals are charged and brought before the court.”