Security operatives of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) have picked up one Godfred Darko alias Mr Phresh, who is linked to websites purporting to leak question papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Phresh described as a rogue website operator, and a kingpin in the Jerusalema rogue WhatsApp group has been arrested at Kasoa in the Central Region and handed over to the police.
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According to a source at WAEC, the security operatives are on the heels of other members of the Jerusalema rogue platform group.
The source named those being pursued by the security operatives as Marcus, Gyimah Motive, Marshal and Sir Eben.
The source told Graphic Online that the WAEC security in collaboration with the national security has been deployed throughout the country to arrest the culprits.
Over pampered WAEC
Meanwhile, Owula Mangotey, a social and political commentator, has said it is about time the monopoly of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is broken to make way for effective competition.
WAEC has been responsible for the conduct of most of the national and international examinations at the pre-tertiary levels in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
However, in recent times, the examinations have been hit by allegations of malpractices forcing WAEC to reschedule two papers in the ongoing West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for candidates.
“A new date for the scheduled papers will be communicated in due course,” George Ohene-Mantey, Head of Test Administration Division, WAEC, said at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday.
Touching on the development, Mangotey said “WAEC should up its game” because the allegations of malpractices and leakages have been one too many.
“I think that we should have competition in the testing system. If there are any other testing regimes we can import into this country we should. I would go for an introduction to the competition. If you don’t have competitors you’ll be settling for the better when you’re supposed to be the best,” Mangotey said on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday 17 September 2021.
He added: “WAEC is an over pampered child, we’ve kept faith with WAEC over the years and I think it’s about time we made WAEC know that there are alternatives.”