September 26, 2018 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating seventy one (71) persons for alleged examination malpractices, according to press release issued by the commission.
The release also states that some candidates for this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) were spotted in a private home around Aberdeen Road in Freetown rewriting the said examinations at night.
The ACC release noted that the 71 persons were arrested in a joint operation conducted with members of the Sierra Leone Police, adding that the students were arrested alongside some West Africa Examination Council officials (WAEC).
“The issue of examination malpractices has become a major concern to parents and education authorities,” the release stated, adding that the investigation will continue and all those involved will be brought to justice.
This is not the first time WAEC personnel have been named in such examination malpractices in the country.
Aminata Kamara, a Freetown resident and parent, said in an interview that government must take the issue of examination malpractices seriously.
She said pupils at various levels, even in the universities, now rely on examination malpractices in their academic pursuit.
“This situation is more worrisome especially when Exam Council officers are involved in this academic theft,” she said and called on the ACC to continue their good work.
“We have to ensure that our children get quality education. We do not want a situation in which somebody will graduate from university and cannot efficiently perform his or her official duties,” she concluded.