Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has called on stakeholders within the education sector to unite with a genuine concerted effort at eliminating the challenge of leakages on examination questions for the (Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) papers.
Persistent leakage of examination questions, mostly known as ‘apor kronkron’ in the local parlance, is one of the key problems that has bedeviled Ghana’s education system, Dr. Bawumia noted and said as a solution to this problem, last year the Ministry of Education implemented a policy of serialization of examination questions as is the case in some advanced countries.
The Vice President made comments over the weekend during his speech as Guest of Honour at the 50th anniversary of the Northern School of Business, (NOBISCO) in Tamale.
“The policy of serialization means that students at different examination centers and even at the same examination center will receive different questions of the same level of difficulty. This makes any leaked examination paper virtually useless.
“This serialization policy was implemented by the Ministry of Education in the 2021 BECE and piloted for the 2021 WASSCE. The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adu Twum has reported that as a result of the policy there were no leakages of examination papers for the 2021 BECE examinations”, Dr. Bawumia noted.
He said Ghana is making progress in tackling the challenge and that the pilot for WASSCE was also successful and Ghana is in discussions with member WAEC countries for the adoption of this policy.
Dr. Bawumia congratulated the Northern School of Business and that the school has “ produced some great students across all sectors and can be proud of their feat notwithstanding their humble beginnings.”
Below are some photos from the ceremony: