The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) yesterday asked all candidates in the Tema Municipality who could not report on time to write the Physics three paper to contact the Tema Office at 1000 hours on Thursday October 25, 2007.
In a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Senior Public Affairs Officer, WAEC, Head Office in Accra, the Council assured candidates that no one 'will be disadvantaged as a result of the incident, since there are mechanisms to deal with such situations.' 'The Council therefore wishes to advise the candidates who could not write the Physics three paper to remain calm.'
A story in the October 19, 2007 issue of the Daily Graphic captioned ' Exam Fiasco in Tema' said more than 200 candidates writing the November/December 2007 West African Senior School Certificate in the Tema Municipality were unable to write Physics three as result of wrong timing.
WAEC noted that physics three was originally scheduled for 1400 hours on October 13, 2007 but was rescheduled for 0900 on October 18, 2007. The Council said supervisors for the examination were informed about the change of time and date for that paper.
This was after briefing sessions were held on August 29 and 30, this year and September 7, in all the regional capitals and copies of the memorandum on the change of date and time were given to the supervisors, the Council noted.
It said the supervisors were asked to inform candidates of the change on Saturday, October 13, 2007, date for physics two. 'Supervisors have confirmed that candidates who wrote Physics two on Saturday, October 13, 2007 were duly informed about the change in time through announcement read out to candidates.'
According to the council, the change of the date was also effected on candidates Admission Notices.
'It appears some candidates did not pay attention to the announcement made during the administration of Physics two about the change in time of physics three, because a large number of the candidates were aware of the change and therefore responded accordingly,' it said.