The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has denied claims by education think tank, African Education Watch that the practical examination paper for Food and Nutrition in the ongoing WAEC exams leaked before it was sat by students on August 20.
At a press conference in Accra Monday, Head of the National Office Wendy Addy-Lamptey said the think tank’s claims were an unnecessary false alarm.
“EDUWATCH’s paper that they sent to us was not the only fake paper we had. We had some media houses forwarding to us, questions they had and after the paper was taken, we forwarded to them, the actual paper that was taken,” she said.
According to her, samples that the think tank had sent to WAEC showed shocking grammatical errors that made it very clear that the supposed leaked papers were fake.
She, therefore, cautioned Africa Education Watch to do due diligence before putting out such information.
“Local and international bodies that use our results for admission of Ghanaians into their institutions may doubt the credibility of our certificate, making the Ghanaian child the ultimate loser,” she said.
Africa Education Watch last week claimed in a post on Twitter, that the paper was leaked on social media on Thursday and subsequently at 11:06 am on Friday.
It said it had notified WAEC about the leakage but WAEC had gone on to administer the examination hours after the notification.
But Mrs. Addy-Lamptey said WAEC has noticed the resurgence of rogue websites and WhatsApp groups created purposely for cheating and that they are con traps that students must avoid.
“They are out there and have asked students to join. The students are being asked to pay money and we wish to caution all candidates to be wary of activities of websites such as these. They will deceive them [students] and draw attention away from their books. We want to advise all candidates on such platforms to exit them immediately. The security operatives are on alert and assured us they are working to bring these perpetrators to books,” she said.