The GNACOPS has called on the government, particularly the Education Ministry (MoE) to introduce an alternative examination body to break the monopoly enjoyed by the non-profit-making organization responsible for the conduct of the country’s national examinations.
The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) call for breaking the monopoly currently enjoyed of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) follows cases of examination malpractices recorded in some examination centres, an act WAEC assured will not happen this year.
The non-profit-making organization (WAEC) in a statement dated August 2, 2020, denied claims indicating the WASSCE Integrated Science questions to be administered on August 3, 2020, had leaked.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) responding to the allegations described the alleged leaked question papers as fake, adding that the management of WAEC are responsible and will never exchange the integrity of the paper.
However, GNACOPS is of the view that is long overdue to change the West African Examinations Council (WEAC) from our educational assessment system.
According to GNACOPS, the non-profit-making organization interest is the failure of the students so that they can have huge sums of money from their own business assessment WASSCE for Private popularly known as Nov/Dec.
Meanwhile, the Head of Public Relations of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, in an interview refuted such allegations. She stressed that “student’s failure is never the success of WAEC” as speculated by some Ghanaians.
But, the National Executive Director of GNACOPS, Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah speaking in an interview with GeorgeWeb said “their actions during the main examination period matches that slogan, adding that is long overdue to change WEAC from our educational assessment system because the curriculum itself has been changed”
Mr Enoch quizzed that “if that is not business why the government doesn’t pay all the registration fee as done in the main examination?”.
“Is an urgent decision the government must boldly take, if we want to advance in our educational system and give global value and acceptance to the BECE and WASSCE certificates”
Mr Gyetuah speaking further said, “The Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) believe the ongoing educational reforms would not yield anything if WAEC monopoly is not broken”.
Asked if GNACOPS has future plans to conduct examination for the Private education sector, Mr Gyetuah said: “the educational policies in the country permit us to develop our own curriculum and set up SYSTEMS of assessment that espouse effective and efficient delivery of education that underpin global educational standards and that is we are working towards”
The GNACOPS Executive Director furthered that “We need to know as a country and clients to WAEC, the kind of business registration documents weather is limited by shares or limited by guarantee”.
“They need to pay tax immediately because they are doing serious business, is a serious business that they are doing that seemly as social services providers” he noted.