The West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the final year students writing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),have once again put the country in the spotlight for another exam papers leakage.
Last year, therewere another leakage of abnormal proportion and promises, as well as assurances were given that, it will never happen again. Some teachers, as well workers of WAEC, were interrogated by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), but that was all we heard about it, until now.
Like the perennial floods that causes havoc anytime there is a little downpour, leakage of exam papers, are becoming institutionalized at every level of our educational system.
The blame game, has started, with many educationist, blaming it on the private schools for the regular leakage of question papers, instead of agreeing that, this is a problem that should not be laid at the doorstep of one sector of the educational system.
In order to put an end to this problem, we need to take a holistic look at the way we view education in this country.
This is happening because, we value grades too much, and every parent when pushed, would want to buy papers, to help their wards get a head start.
We can adopt the German style of education, where they assess every student from the formative stage and identify those who have the potential to become academics and those whose interests gravitates towards trades and vocation, until that is done, we will be producing graduates at every level, who know nothing about what they studied, except buying their way through.
The folks at WAEC, must also understand that, once resit, i.e. writing papers after the first attempt was introduced, students, as well as some of the private schools are ready to do anything to ensure that they pass, and for the schools, it becomes their trump card, in order to admit more students.
When we allow this to become a permanent feature in our educational system, we will be losing the little leverage, we have among our West African neighbors.
Our neighbors in looking for the best place for their kids to have quality education, they look abroad, and look to Ghana that is why our campuses are filled for foreign students, we cannot afford to lose that competitive advantage.
People must begin to take the fall for these leakages and we must begin to also look at the cut off points or grades needed to enter the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education etc, without compromising the quality of graduates we churn out.