The Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum, has revealed plans to introduce a randomization system for West African Examination Council (WAEC) questions, aiming to address the issue of examination malpractices. This initiative comes in response to the cancellation of results for over 3,500 students in the 2023 WASSCE due to alleged exam misconduct.
Yaw Osei Adutwum emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing challenges within the education sector during a press briefing in Accra. He highlighted the importance of the randomization of questions policy, drawing parallels with the successful implementation of serializing questions for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 2014.
The Minister explained, “We are now going on a journey to randomize WAEC exams. Candidates may share the same examination room, but the questions will be randomized. This strategic approach aims to eliminate cheating during exams, ensuring the authenticity of results and questions. The government is steadfast in its commitment to eradicating cheating and has taken a significant step toward achieving genuine educational assessments.”
The West African Examinations Council released provisional results for the 2023 WASSCE on December 18, blocking the results of 4,878 candidates for failing to return learning support materials and withholding subject results for candidates from 235 schools engaged in artificial intelligence-generated answers during the examinations.