The Ghana National Council for Private Schools (GNACOPS) has called on the government to collapse the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The Council has argued the examination body has outlived its usefulness and has no positive impact or contribution towards Ghana’s education system.
Their censure comes at the back of recent findings by WAEC in the 2022 ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The report by WAEC cited and slurred the private schools for disregarding the inference of examination malpractices and impersonation.
WAEC during a press conference Friday, September 16, 2022, revealed that over 20 individuals have been arrested in various exams centres at private schools for allegedly impersonating candidates in the ongoing WASSCE.
The National Executive Director for GNACOPS, Enoch Kwesi Gyetuah reacting to WAEC’s assertion in an interview with Onua TV Monday, September 19, described the claims as cacophony which should not be accepted since it lacks legal findings or evidence.
He challenged WAEC to leverage on technology by deploring scanable machines to exam centres to deal with impersonation and other examination malpractices instead of apportioning blames on private schools.
He asserted WAEC is not pragmatic and has no clue in enhancing the development of students which in a long run would help unravel Ghana’s economical and developmental challenges.
Mr. Gyatuah expounded that WAEC is obsolete and has no business in contributing to the growth of Ghana’s educational system and called on the Ministry of Education to dissolve the Council.
“Every government or every minister who is really ahead of time will collapse WAEC; because it is rather rendering our resources and retiring our youth.
Somebody goes to school for 9 years, 12 years sits in WAEC exams let’s say WASSCE or BECE and then they will come and tell you that you have failed in mathematics, you have failed English and because of that your line is truncated you can’t develop anymore,” he said.
The Private Schools Council wants the government to develop career advancement, portfolio building and productive assessment programmes to test students instead of wasting funds at WAEC to conduct exams.
He insisted the portfolio building or productive assessment programme would restore the educational system by supporting the child to journey from one level by developing their critical thinking capacity.
He maintained that WAEC has served its purpose and has to be strapped out so that the government will institute a 21st Century learning of assessment where children are assessed on their portfolio and career development.