WAEC takes Bright SHS off list of examination centers

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has taken Bright Senior High school in the Eastern Region from the list of examination centers for the ongoing WASSCE following an altercation at the center.

On Thursday, four officials of WAEC supervising the examination in the Senior High School located at Akyem Kukurantumi as well as a reporter with the Graphic Newspaper were attacked and beaten by school guards and students after what is alleged to be an incitement from the school’s proprietor.

In a statement reacting to the development, WAEC said it is “appalled at the riotous behaviour and the assault.

WAEC added “In order to ensure the integrity of the examination and safeguard the lives of examination officials (Supervisors, Invigilators and WAEC Officers) assigned to the centre, the Council has decided to, in the interim, relocate the centre from Bright Senior High School to Ofori Panin Senior High School effective Saturday, 8th August, 2020.

The Council strongly warned that “it will not hesitate to take legal action” against any individual who gets involved in “compromising the integrity of the examination in any manner.”

 

Below is the full Statement

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has noted with grave concern, reports of unruly behavior of candidates at some examination centers following the commencement of the WASSCE for School Candidates on Monday, 3rd August, 2020.

The Council is particularly appalled at the riotous behaviour and the assault on the WAEC officials and media personnel by candidates of Bright Senior High School (SHS), Kukurantumi on Thursday, 6th August, 2020. Information received by the Council indicates that the actions of these candidates were instigated by the proprietor of the school in protest against the enforcement of stipulated examination rules and regulations.

The Council strongly condemns the behavior of the proprietor and candidates of Bright SHS as reported and wishes to caution that such unruly behaviour contravenes Section 8 (1)  of the WAEC Act, 2006 (Act 719) which frowns on and sanctions acts of assault on examination officials.

In order to ensure the integrity of the examination and safeguard the lives of examination officials (Supervisors, Invigilators and WAEC Officers) assigned to the centre, the Council has decided to, in the interim, relocate the centre from Bright Senior High School to Ofori Panin Senior High School effective Saturday, 8th August, 2020.

The Council also wishes to serve notice that it will not hesitate to sanction Bright SHS, as well as staff, students and candidates found culpable in the reported action and future incidents.

WAEC cautions all school authorities and candidates that it will not hesitate to take legal action against any person involved in compromising the integrity of the examination in any manner.

WAEC wishes to use this opportunity to encourage all Supervisors and Invigilators to continue to be vigilant and carry out their duties diligently and without fear.

The Council is deeply appreciative of the support of all well-meaning members of the general public who are equally horrified by these acts of indiscipline.

 

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