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07.03.2005 Regional News

Adopt stringent measures to curb examination malpractices

By GNA

Gomoa-Potsin (C/R), March 7, GNA - The Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) of Gomoa-Potsin TI-Ahmadiyya Secondary School has called on the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) to adopt stringent measures to curb once and for all, the leakage of examination papers from the country's educational system.

At their quarterly appraisal meeting at Gomoa-Poptsin at the weekend, members of the association expressed utter disgust at the damage such leakages had been inflicting on the image of the organization and the nation in recent years.

Participants attributed the rampant dismissal of unqualified students from the country's universities of late partly to the examination papers leakage, which assisted certain secondary school students who were academically weak in their schools to pass their final examinations.

Addressing the, over 200 members, who attended the meeting, Mr. Musah Amoah, Chairman of the association, said the examination papers leakage problem, which has now become an annual affair, had labelled a very bad tag on the operations of WAEC and must be discontinued. Mr Musah Amoah appealed to the authorities of various secondary schools to form special anti-examination papers leakage groups in their institutions to augment efforts by the WAEC and the Ghana |Education Service (GES) to those who indulge in such acts.

Mr. Mohammed Ackonu, Headmaster, Potsin TI-Ahmadiyya Secondary School made an appeal to the government for separate electricity transformer to serve the energy requirement of the school.

Mr. Ackonu explained that because the school uses the same transformer with the Potsin township, the energy the school derives for operations of technical and science training equipment at the school was always low and

This had been severely affecting the capacities of the machines.

Mr. Ackonu charged parents, who owe the school 615 million cedis, being arrears of their wards school fees to pay them immediately to ensure effective running of the school.

The Headmaster, praised the association for constructing a ten-bedroom bungalow to house some of the teaching staff of the school and expressed the hope that members would intensify efforts at improving the infrastructure there.

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