Education

WAEC Reacts To GNACOPS BECE Marking Allegation

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has reacted to the “wild” and “ridiculous” allegation of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) concerning the mode of marking and placement of private school candidates.

The President of GNACOPS, Enoch Gyetuah alleges that the examination body discriminated against candidates from private schools in the marking of the BECE scripts and subsequent placement in high schools.

According to him, candidates from the private schools were marked down hence their demand for a remarking of the scripts and an independent investigation.

Reacting to this, Public Relations Officer for WAEC, Agnes Teye Cudjo condemned the association for their allegation and described it as ridiculous and wild.

“We do not have different index numbers for private schools and different index numbers for public schools. I’m a bit surprised at the allegations being made.”

She reiterated that WAEC is a credible examination body and therefore demanded that GNACOPS prove their allegation.

“How are we able to tell all our examiners of about 10,000 that when you are marking, mark this differently from that? I think it is a very wild allegation and if he has any proof (let him bring it). He who alleges must prove. Tell him to come out with the proof.”

She explained in an interview on Eyewitness News monitored by opemsuo.com that “registration of candidates is done by the schools. When we are registering candidates for the BECE, everything is done at the district level and the data is sent to WAEC. WAEC does not have a direct hand in the registration of candidates.

Additionally, she said scripts do not house the names of the school.

Agnes further suggested that GNACOPS rather “go back and do their homework well and try and rectify the problem than relying on the false accusations that private schools are marked down”.

“I think it is a very ridiculous statement that he has made”, she concluded.

Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini

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