The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has warned that private candidates for the 2009 November/December
West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) without admission notices will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
It said admission notices for all candidates had been posted to the addresses provided by them.
The admission notice contains the candidate’s index number, name and sex. It also provides the timetable for the various subjects, the dates and examination centres.
Addressing a fully packed WAEC Asare-Minako Hall during a forum for private candidates in Accra, a Senior Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, who gave the warning, advised candidates who had not yet received their admission notices to log on to registration.ghanawaec.org to download, print out and carry them along to the examination halls.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe also advised candidates whose pictures did not appear on the admission notice to submit a passport size photograph to the nearest WAEC office for processing.
A Principal Assistant Registrar of WAEC, Rev. Robert Dery, took the candidates through the various examination malpractices candidates engage in, their causes, effects and consequences.
On the WAEC Law, 2006 ACT 719, the Deputy Legal Officer of WAEC, Mr Frederick Selby, reminded the candidates that WAEC was aware of all the various tricks candidates adopted to cheat during examinations.
He said the law had broadened the scope of examination offences and had empowered WAEC to deal with candidates who engaged in examination malpractices as well as those who assisted candidates in any of its examinations.
He explained, for instance, that if an SHS Form Two student was found to have assisted a candidate to cheat, that student would be barred from writing any of the WAEC examinations for two years.
This, he explained, implied that such a student would be allowed to write his or her WASSCE a year after his or her mates had written the examination.
Amidst shouts of “oooh! no! no! no!”, Mr Selby insisted that the law empowered WAEC to carry out such punitive measures to serve as a deterrent to students who might be used by candidates to assist them during examinations.
According to him, some offences that were ignored as ‘petty’ would now attract severe penalties and cited, for instance, that a candidate who was caught copying from another candidate or communicating with another candidate or found to be in possession of a textbook, electronic device or any other material would have his or her subject paper cancelled.
In addition, there would be a minimum fine of GHҐ600 and a term of imprisonment not more than one year.
Story : Severious Kale Dery