Dr. Clement Apaak, the Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, has defended former President John Mahama, claiming that Mahama’s statements on pupils cheating in the 2017 WASSCE were acceptable.
Dr. Apaak stressed that there is tangible proof to back up the former President’s claim.
“John Dramani Mahama said it as it is when he said some students were allowed to cheat during the recent WASSCE [GHASSCE] examinations,” Dr. Apaak stated.
He cited Africa Education Watch’s findings, which revealed a rising and clear tendency of cheating in WASSCE tests, often with the help of instructors and supervisors.
Dr. Apaak relayed a statement from a teacher who works as an assistant supervisor for examinations as well as a WAEC examiner. The statement expressed sorrow for not permitting coordinated cheating in the teacher’s school’s WASSCE this year.
Calling for collective action to address the cheating menace, Dr. Apaak highlighted the potential long-term consequences of examination malpractices, echoing Mahama’s concerns.
“As John Dramani Mahama rightly indicated, the effects of cheating will be apparent in the not too distant future. The sooner we seriously address examination malpractices, the better for us as a nation,” he concluded.