The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has commenced the marking of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scripts, the Head of National Examinations, WAEC has said.
Mr Ben K. Owusu speaking in an interview monitored by Georgeweb.org said WAEC will three weeks after the end of the examination start the marking of the scripts, which per our calculations is September 28, 2020.
The Council’s announcement of the marking date follows reports of leaked Examiners details in the public domain, a situation candidates, stakeholders and members of the general public fear may affect the marking processes.
Asked if the unintentionally leaked details will affect the marking, the WAEC staff 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 conduct of the examination are swapped across the 16 regions in Ghana.
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 non-profit-making organization in a blog post on its official website confirming the leaks assured candidates and its relevant stakeholders that the unintentional incident will not compromise the marking processes.
The Head of National Examinations Department, WAEC in the interview explained that WAEC’s Chief Examiners from the five-member countries after the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE for School will meet and draw a national marking scheme to be used by Examiners in various countries.
The WAEC official said such International prelim coordination meetings are usually held in Greater Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. Mr Ben furthered that the RPCC after the meeting will determine the duration of the marking and when to expect the release of WASSCE result of prospective candidates.
The Head of Test Administration Division, WAEC, Mr George O. Mantey added that WAEC as part of its mechanisms protects the identity of the scripts, according to Mr George, school names are not labelled on packets containing the scripts of candidates who sat for the national examination.
“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 Ohene Mantey told host Winifred Ampiaw.
The 2020 edition of the WASSCE for School Candidates which officially commenced on August 3, 2020, with Integrated Science and Information and Communication Technology Paper 1 & 2 ended on September 5, 2020.