The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will commence the marking of 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination scripts the last week of September after a successful conduct of the ongoing exams.
The 2020 edition of the WASSCE for School Candidates which officially began on August 3, 2020, with Integrated Science and Information and Communication Technology is expected to end on September 5, 2020.
The Council’s announcement for the marking date follows media reports of leaked Examiners contact details on the internet, a situation the general public, candidates and stakeholders fear may affect the marking of scripts.
The non-profit-making organization in a blog post on its official website confirmed the leaks but has assured its stakeholders and the general public that the unintentional incident will not compromise the marking processes.
However, the Head of National Examination of WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu Speaking in a Facebook live program dubbed ‘Engage WAEC’ monitored by Georgeweb.org, disclosed the Examination Council will 3 weeks after the end of the examination commence marking of the WASSCE scripts.
Mr Ben Owusu explained that WAEC’s Chief Examiners from the five-member countries after the conduct of examination will meet and draw a national marking scheme to be used by Examiners in various countries.
He said such International prelim coordination meetings are usually held in Greater Accra and Nigeria, Lagos. Mr Ben furthered that the RPCC after the meeting will determine the duration of the marking and when to expect the release of candidates results.
Asked if the unintentional leak of the Examiners contact details will affect the marking, the Head of National Examination of WAEC said “I don’t think it will affect the marking of candidates scripts, because our mechanism in the process is such that scripts after the examination are swapped across the 16 regions”
He added that “the mere fact of knowing an Examiner contact details doesn’t mean that you will actually know the school’s scripts that Examiner would be marking… so I don’t think it will affect the fairness of the process”.
The Head of Test Administration Division of WAEC, Mr George Ohene Mantey added that the Council as part of its mechanisms protects the identity of the scripts, according to him, school names are not labelled on any packet containing the scripts.
“So whenever you see the packet you will not be able to identify whether this packet is for this or that particular school, meaning that the packets are completely anonymous”, Mr George Mantey told host Winifred Ampiaw.