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WAEC publishes names of suspects behind leakage of examination papers

The suspects are 10 in number: 8 men, 2 women, and have confessed to the act, according to the statement.

 
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A statement signed and issued in Accra by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, said the suspects are operators of “rogue websites who peddled fake questions presenting them as leaked papers and also in authentic papers which had been compromised after their official release from the Council’s depots.”

The Council said the suspects were arrested and initially handed over to the police but were later reported to the BNI which took over the case and the suspects.

Profile of suspects

Ebenezer Akakpo popularly known as Mr. Luke Dito Dito. He is 21 years old and a pianist. He operates the rogue website under the name SHS Pop Up. He has over 26, 800 subscribers some of whom are parents, teachers and school proprietors. He operates also with Moses Aryee Okaitei popularly called Santiago and one Chris Brown who are at large.

Samuel Owusu Frimpong alias Koffi Linking. He is 30 years old and a Physics teacher at Namong Senior High School in the Ashanti Region.

He operates the rogue website with the name Linking but claims that he does not know the number of subscribers. He also distributes to other dealers.

Alice Apama alias Alice. She is 28 years and a mother of one. She is a factory hand in a commercial press house in Accra and relays the items from her source by phone to subscribed clients.

George Obeng Asiedu alias Arafat/Ostino George. He is 35 years and an Economics teacher of Osino Senior High School in the Eastern Region. His specialty is with proprietors of private schools.

Westerman Ayimadu Amankwah, a Biology teacher of Osino Senior High School. He takes snapshots of questions in the examination room and forwards them to dealers for answers and broadcasting.

Isaac Dadzie alias Ike. He is 20 years old and claims to be a part-time worker with NCCE in Cape Coast. He collects the papers from designated sources and hands them over to various dealers especially Mr. Luke and Linking.

Alex Asoeanyinah alias Alabama. He is 39 years old, an Integrated Science teacher and the Senior Housemaster of Achinakrom Senior High School in the Ashanti Region. He forwards the items mainly to students.

Foster Bekoe alias Akwesi Sakyi. He is about 27 years old and a trader in second-hand clothing. He serves as a middleman and facilitator for other dealers. He operates with one Emmanual Drafoh alias Obama who is at large.

Nana Yaa Asanewaa alias Nhana Yhaa. She is 19 years and a casual staff of MTN. She registers SIM cards with fictitious names and details for the dealers to receive payment by MTN mobile money.

Prince Gbadago alias Sir Prince. He is 21 years and apart from being a dealer, he provides forged results slips for vulnerable clients. He works as a clerk in a Travel and Tour company.

WAEC’S caution

The statement added the Council will “vigorously sustain its efforts to flush out these education wreckers” in a move to protect the credibility of its examinations.

The Council cautioned those who intend to patronise the “criminal activities of these miscreants that they will not be spared when caught. “

“Meanwhile arrangements are underway for the prosecution of parents, school proprietors and teachers who subscribed to compromised papers through Mr. Luke Dito Dito,” the statement added.

In addition, the statement assured Ghanaians and the government of Ghana that it is committed to conducting credible examinations and will stop at nothing in achieving that goal.

Background

During this year's WASSCE exams, three papers -- Oral English, Integrated Science and Social Studies papers -- leaked.

Some students in some schools in the Greater Accra and the Eastern regions had access to the examination papers between 12 midnight and 4 a.m. on the day the papers were written.

Some students created WhatsApp groups to circulate the leaked exams papers.

The council, last year, cancelled five subject papers in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) — papers 2 of English Language, Religious and Moral Education, Integrated Science, Mathematics and Social Studies.This followed realisation that those papers had been leaked, raising issues with credibility of the examinations.

Outmoded concept

Vice President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Carbonu questioned the integrity of WAEC over the leakage of the papers.

Mr. Carbonu attributed the leakage of exam papers in the country to the broad geographical space within which the exams are conducted.

“Is it necessary for us to join a WASSCE community and be writing the same examinations? That concept ought to be discarded because it is absolutely an outmoded concept,” he stated.

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