The Africa Education Watch an education think tank known for its zero-tolerance for examination malpractice is calling for further punishment of the teachers who were sacked recently by the Ghana Education Service for aiding their students to commit various examination malpractices.
Their stance comes on the back of the recent termination of the appointment of eleven teachers with the GES for involving in examination malpractice during the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
According to the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr. Kofi Asare, the step taken by the service is welcomed, however, terminating their appointment is not enough; thus criminalizing the practice would deter others from engaging in it.
“There was consensus for the need to amend WAEC’s law and criminalize examination malpractice. If this is well implemented, we will make all kinds of examination malpractice unattractive for both the teachers and students.”
However, the Founder of the Innovative Teachers Alliance Stephen Desu, has questioned the decision by GES to terminate the appointment of these teachers.
“The GES Council has not been formed yet, so I wonder the power with which the Deputy Director of Education sacked the teachers. First, it was Teacher Kwadwo, now 11 others. The teachers ought to have been represented by lawyers at the place, but they ended up going alone, that is where the problem is.”
“Any offence for which they were sacked are mere allegations. GES has no mandate to sack them. The Council has not been constituted yet, and yet GES has assumed the power to dismiss teachers.”