WAEC to derecognise SDA SHS as 2024/2025 WASSCE, BECE centre

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says plans are underway for SDA SHS (Senior High School), Kenyasi to be derecognised as a centre for the conduct of its examinations including this academic year’s WASSCE and BECE.

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The Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mr Joh Kapi speaking to Daily Graphic said the move is to halt the illegal registration of candidates and to a large extent limit examination malpractice in the education sector.

His comment comes after his outfit and the security agency arrested two individuals at Swedru in the Central Region for registering unqualified candidates to sit for the 2024 WASSCE for School at the SDA Senior High School

He explained to Graphic that a combined team of the Intelligence Unit of the National Security and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) security picked the suspects up while they were attempting to register the candidates.

The victims Robert Hackman, a private teacher residing at Agona Swedru and a part-time teacher in Kenyasi SDA Senior High School and Kwabena Baah Achemfour he said are helping the Swedru District Police Headquarters in the investigation.

The West African Examinations Council official said Hackman had mobilised unqualified students mostly from Accra, Takoradi, Agona Swedru, Cape Coast and others from Dunkwa-On-Offin to register them for the 2024 WASSCE

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Through social media, kapi said Hackman was alleged to have mobilised out-of-school individuals who once sat for the WASSCE but could not make the grades or had their papers cancelled to re-register for the WASSCE for School.

With his accomplice, he said They were able to carry out their activities with a biometric device with the number AY00T004145 with the login code 93868278 and a Lenovo laptop as well as a green lady’s school uniform and a white boy’s shirt.

The Public Relations Officer for the not-for-profit-making organization (WAEC) said investigations also revealed that the login code as well as the uniform used for the registration belonged to SDA Senior High School (SHS), Kenyasi. 

The WAEC spokesman briefing Graphic on the development said on March 26, 2024, Hackman arranged with the headmistress of Adishie Mma Preparatory School at Swedru to use the ICT laboratory of the school as a registration centre.

“At about 8 a.m., Hackman and  Achemfour commenced the illegal registration of those unqualified persons, however, in the process, they were apprehended by the team and sent to the Swedru District Police Headquarters for investigations,” Mr Kapi told the Daily Graphic.

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