Teacher Arrested For Assisting BECE Candidate
4/20/2012 8:30:31 AM -
The police have arrested Mrs Veronica Mensah, a teacher, for giving answers to a candidate writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at the Breman Asikuma Senior High School examination centre.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Seth Tay, made this known to the Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh, during her visit to examination centres in the Central Region on Tuesday.
Mr Tay said on Monday, Mr Michael Ampomah Oboubi, an officer of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), who was supervising the examination at the centre, saw Mrs Mensah dictating some answers from her phone to one of the candidates when the canditates were writing the English Objective Paper.
He said the WAEC officer seized the mobile phone and saw text messages containing correct answers to the questions.
Mr Tay, who is the acting District Police Commander for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, said Mrs Mensah would be put before court after police investigations, adding that Mrs Mensah refused to disclose who sent her the answers.
Mr Kofi Sarfo Kantanka, the Regional Director of Education, who accompanied the deputy minister, appealed to the invigilators to remain calm and desist from acts that could disturb the examinations.
Later in an interview, Mr Oboubi said he had seized three mobile phones from students because possession of mobile phone during examination was contrary to the rules and regulations of the examination.
He said other GES officers in the district who were monitoring the examination centres had also seized about 20 mobile phones from the candidates.
Mr Isaac Amonoo, the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Director of Education, said the invigilators threatened to go on strike after Mrs Mensah was arrested.