Dr Emmanuel Kenneth Andoh, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has appealed to stakeholders in the education sector to work closely with the authorities to halt examination leaks.
“There is the need for all stakeholders in the education sector, especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service (GES) Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Teachers and Education Workers Union (TEWU) to work closely with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to achieve that noble objective of no more examination leaks in this country”.
Dr Andoh made the appeal at the 20th Congregation (April Session) of the University of Education, Winneba Distance Education for the Southern sector in Winneba on Saturday.
A total of 7,052 students graduated and were awarded with degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The Congregation for the Northern Sector will take place in Kumasi and Ashanti Mampong on April 22 and 23 respectively.
Dr Andoh, who is also the Omanhene of Enyan-Maim Traditional Area in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District, said it appears that the leaking of examination questions, which used to be very rare in the country, “is now gradually becoming a perennial problem and headache under the very watch of the West African Examination Council”.
“This is a very serious problem which must concern every Ghanaian, especially the education fraternity in the country”.
Dr Andoh said some progress has been made, but “we in the education fraternity should continue to be vigilant to ensure that the integrity of examinations and the sanctity of academic degrees, diplomas and certificates are not compromised”.
He commended government and the GETFund for their support in infrastructural development at the University, adding that more support is needed to speedily complete some of the urgently needed ongoing projects on all its four campuses.
Professor Mawutor Avoke, the Vice-Chancellor of UEW, by the end of the April Session of the 20th Congress, said UEW would have graduated a total of 16,217 students for the 2014/2015 academic year.
He said this represents a three percent increase over the number of students who graduated during the 19th Congregation for the year 2013/2014.
Prof Avoke said UEW is passionate in ensuring an improvement in the provision of quality education in Ghana and also committed to working with the Colleges of Education to upgrade their status to tertiary level.
He said the collaboration of UEW with the Colleges of Education will aid in building the capacities of their staff.