Four Examiners currently marking scripts of WAEC exams have been arrested for allegedly allowing papers they were marking to be videoed, snapshot and circulated on social media where the marks of the candidates were displayed together with the index numbers and centre codes.
The West African Examinations Council said the culprits were careless with the scripts of candidates they were marking, leading to the circulation of some of the scripts and scores on social media.
Location of Arrests
According to reports, the examiners were picked up at Adukrom, Cape Coast, Kasoa and Accra, where they were marking the papers.
A report by the Daily Graphic suggests that the Head of the Public Relations of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, explained that before the examiners were considered, it was made clear to them that “the attendance mark sheets, scripts and marking schemes are at every stage security materials and must be treated as such.”
According to the reports, it was part of their contract, that the scripts, marking schemes and attendance mark sheets should be kept under lock and key anytime an examiner is not working on them.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said such incidence should not happen at all and so even though few, “we do not take kindly to that and wish to caution the examiners not to divulge information of candidates as contained in the letter engaging them as examiners.”
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She reminded them that whatever was in their possession was confidential and should not be left at the disposal of their family members, describing it as unacceptable and unfortunate.
Speaking on the matter, the Head of Legal of WAEC, Rev. Victor Brew, said those examiners would be handed over to the police to be charged appropriately and prosecuted under the Data Protection Act and with the WAEC internal rules and regulations in terms of guiding of the examination and marking rules.
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