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06.10.2005 Education

Candidates besiege WAEC office in Sunyani

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Sunyani, Oct. 6, GNA - About 50 registered candidates for the private Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE) on Thursday besieged the regional office of the West African Examinations Council in Sunyani, complaining bitterly about inaccuracies in the procedures of the examination. Some of them were heard shouting and casting insinuations at the officials and disturbing colleague candidates, who were taking the oral English paper.

Master Sampson Yaw Baah, 23, complained to Ghana News Agency that, after the registration for the examination, he did not receive any notice letter from WAEC.

He said he had been to the Council's regional office on several occasions to seek clarification but was not given the necessary attention to date.

Twenty-year-old Obeng Kyere, also explained that he registered for oral English but when he received the notice letter the subject was changed to inter-science.

He alleged that officials of the regional office of WAEC had not been co-operative and had not responded to his problem, denying him the chance to take the oral English.

Bernard Ofori Kyere, 19, complained that he registered for all the seven subjects at the cost of 400,000 cedis but his name was not included in the list of candidates pasted at the regional office. "I have been coming from Wamfie, about 30 kilometres away to the regional office in Sunyani on several occasions but the officials have not shown any concern for my plight," he added.

When contacted at his office, the Regional Controller of WAEC, who declined to disclose his name and even shouted on the GNA reporter to leave the office, saying, "I am very busy and can not respond to any question from the press". Meanwhile, due to the inconveniences caused, the second batch of the candidates, who were supposed to sit for the examination at 1030 hours, had to take the paper at around 1145 hours.