According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the undisclosed number of supervisors it says have been arrested were involved in examination malpractice and not behind the mass leakage of the 2020 BECE mathematics questions on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
The Council’s clarification follows reports that some supervisors which it said has arrested leaked the mathematics question on social media at 9:00 am before the conduct of the subject paper on Thursday, September 17.
The spokeswoman for the non-profit-making, Madam Agnes Teye Cudjoe confirming the leaks in an interview monitored by Georgeweb.org said the Council have handed some supervisors it caught taking screenshots of question papers with mobile phones to the police for further interrogation.
But, in another interview with the Accra-based Starr FM, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for WAEC explained that the arrested supervisors aided students to seek external help in the exams hall but were not behind the mathematics questions leakage as claimed by some online news portals.
Explaining further, she said the supervisors take screenshots of the questions in the examination hall then go out and solve the questions for the candidates, an act WAEC cautioned invigilators and supervisors against.
“This is not leakage of questions. This is what we call helping students to gain external assistance because questions will be taken then answers will be brought to students for them to copy”.
She added, “This is examination malpractice and not an examination leakage. When a candidate brings in a phone into an examination hall it is examination malpractice”, Agnes Teye Cudjoe told Starr FM.
The spokesperson stressed that giving candidates support before or during the conduct of the examination does not help them to prove themselves.
Mrs Agnes Teye Cudjoe added that “that is why when we release results, we withheld other candidates results because we can detect collusion in the scripts of candidates…..sometimes they all copy the wrong answers brought to them”.
The 2020 and 30th edition of the BECE for School Candidates which commenced on Monday September 14, 2020 is expected to end successfully today Friday September 18, 2020.