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06.10.2005 Education

Examination would be trouble free - WAEC

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Accra, Oct.6 GNA - Mrs Mary Feyi, Deputy Registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), on Thursday gave the assurance that there would be no problem with this year's October WAEC Private Candidates Examinations and that everything was under control.

She said candidates, who would go to various examination centres without the admission notice would be allowed to write their papers and the necessary corrections sorted out later by the Council.

Mrs Feyi gave the hint when she spoke to the Media about reports that hundreds of registered candidates had not received admission notices and might not be able to take the examinations, which began today.

She said even though some candidates seemed to have genuine problems, which were being sorted out by WAEC, others simply looked confused because they were following friends that eventually created more problems for them.

She said the introduction of scanned pictures on the slips to check impersonation was the cause of the delay in the posting of the notice letters.

Mrs Feyi also expressed concern about a worrying trend where form two students, who were still in school registered as private candidates to sit for examinations thus increasing the number of applicants each year. Christopher Nenebi Tetteh, a candidate who spoke to the Ghana New Agency (GNA), said he was able to write his Oral English Paper, even though he did not receive his admission notice. He said he had to follow a friend with whom he registered the same day and had received his admission notice to be able to locate his examination centre and index number at the All Saints Anglican Centre, Adabraka.

He said after the Oral paper he went back to the WAEC Head Office where he was given a provisional admission notice to enable him to write the subsequent examinations. Mr Emmanuel K. Asante, a Supervisor at the WAEC examination hall, Switchback Road said two candidates, who missed their exam centres, were allowed to write the paper. He said they have also been instructed to allow those with the provisional admission notice as irregular candidates to write the examination.

Mr Francis Ayibor, Headmaster of Salem Secondary School, said everything had been smooth except one candidate, who missed his centre, but was allowed to take the English Oral Paper. 06 Oct. 05