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2023 BECE – Four individuals arrested for examination malpractice

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has revealed that four individuals have been apprehended on allegations of engaging in examination malpractice during the commencement of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) on Monday.

As a result of implementing stricter measures this year to counter exam malpractice, these arrests underscore the organization’s dedication to upholding the integrity of the examination process.

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These measures have been put in place to establish an environment that deters students from participating in any form of academic misconduct.

Mr. John Kapi, the Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, confirmed the apprehensions during an interview with Joy FM.

He provided details that the arrests took place across different regions, including the Ashanti region, Tema Central, and Central region.

Mr. Kapi elaborated on the circumstances surrounding the arrests, explaining, “In the Ashanti region, one individual was caught while attempting to enter the examination hall with prepared materials for the candidates.

In Tema Central, a female individual was taken into custody for possessing a tablet containing information intended to be conveyed to candidates.

In the Central region, specifically Dunkwa-On Offin, two individuals were discovered solving questions during the examination, with the intention of passing the answers to candidates.”

The spokesperson for WAEC stressed that the apprehended individuals had violated the examination regulations established by WAEC.

He reiterated, “In accordance with our rules and regulations governing examination conduct at WAEC, any breach of these rules is promptly reported to law enforcement agencies.

Consequently, these individuals are charged and brought before the court.”

This year, a total of 602,457 final-year junior high school (JHS) students in Ghana are participating in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which began on the aforementioned Monday.

This candidature number of 602,457 reflects an increase of 49,049 compared to last year’s figure of 553,408.

The examination is being simultaneously held for both school and private candidates from Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11, 2023.

On the first day (August 7, 2023), candidates took exams in Religious and Moral Education as well as English Language.

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