The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed how it will mark the 2020 WASSCE scripts of candidates who sat for the examination despite allegations that some of the questions leaked on social media.
The conduct of the 2020 edition of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which officially commenced on August 3, 2020 has ended. The last paper was administered on September 5, 2020.
According to the non-profit-making organization, the marking of the scripts will start 3 weeks after the conduct of the last examination paper, so per our calculations the script marking is expected to begin on Monday, September 28, 2020, which is also the last week of the month September.
The Head of National Examination of WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu explaining the process in an interview monitored by Georgeweb.org said the WASSCE scripts after the examination is brought from the various centres across the country and controlled to make sure the scripts of all candidates are intact.
“After that, the chief examiners from the five-member countries meet to draw a marking scheme, the meeting which is called International prelim coordination meetings is normally held in Ghana, Accra and Nigeria, Lagos.
So, after the chief examiners have agreed on the marking schemes the various chief examiners come to the member countries and we hold another meeting called national prelim coordination meetings”.
He continued that “WAEC’s mechanism in the marking process is that scripts after the examination are swapped across the 16 regions”
Mr Ben K. Owusu furthered “RPCC after the meeting will determine the duration of the marking and when to expect the release of candidates results”.
Asked if the unintentional leak of the Examiners contact details will affect the marking process, the Head of National Examination of WAEC said “I don’t think it will affect the marking of candidates scripts, because our mechanism in the process is such that scripts after the examination are swapped across the 16 regions”
He added that “the mere fact of knowing an Examiner contact details doesn’t mean that you will actually know the school’s scripts that Examiner would be marking… so I don’t think it will affect the fairness of the process”.
The Head of Test Administration Division of WAEC, Mr George Ohene Mantey added the Council as part of its mechanisms protects the identity of the scripts, according to him, school names are not labelled on any packet containing the scripts.
“So whenever you see the packet you will not be able to identify whether this packet is for this or that particular school, meaning that the packets are completely anonymous”, Mr George Mantey told host Winifred Ampiaw.