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24.04.2009 Crime & Punishment

Invigilator, Two Teachers Busted

By Kwadwo B. Donkor - newtimesonline.com
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Two teachers, of the King and Queen School at Fadama, and a supervisor at the Fadama cluster of schools, in Accra have been arrested for allegedly leaking  examination papers.

A fourth suspect, a teacher at Jacobs International also at Fadama, who was caught with the  questions in his pocket, escaped arrest.

Musah Bukari and  Donaldbil Gabada, both of King and Queen and Wisdom Kwame to Kokoroke, the supervisor, were  busted on Wednesday by officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) at the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

 Frederick Selby, Director of Legal Services of WAEC,  who briefed  journalists on the arrest yesterday, said around 9.30 am, he had a call from an informant that Mr Kokoroko had opened the examination question papers (Mathematics 2) and that copies  were being made at a communication centre.

Mr Selby said when he moved to the  examination centre and asked the supervisor about the examinations papers, Mr Kokoroko gave him an opened security-sealed envelope containing the questions and claimed that “he mistakenly opened it thinking it was the Paper One envelope”.

However, Mr Selby said when he counted the question papers “they were 47 instead of 50”.

Asked about the rest, Mr Kokoroko pulled them from  a pile of papers and added them to the ones in the envelope.

Mr Selby said he was not convinced about Mr Kokoroko's explanation  and therefore  invited the Police to arrest him.

The two teachers,  were arrested  at the Fadama Roman Catholic examination centre for allegedly teaching the candidates, Bukari was arrested with  a photocopy of an examination paper in his pocket and busily teaching the pupils, while Gabada looked on.

At the WAEC office, Mr Kokoroko denied any wrong doing and accused the officials of deliberately trying to tarnish his reputation.

He said he  did not inform the head  office when he inadvertently opened the Paper Two questions, because he did not see the need for it since he remained in his office.

The  three face a possible charge of leaking  examination questions.

The incident did not affect the examination as the pupils were allowed to write the paper.

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