Some students in the Greater Accra and Eastern Regions in Ghana had access to the Oral English, Integrated Science and Social Studies papers between 12:00am midnight and 4:00a.m on the day the papers were written.
The papers were circulated among some students mainly through Whatsapp group on social media. A Whatsapp group chat with one ‘Neezy Ranking’as the administrator and alleged student of a first-class senior high school (SHS) in the Eastern Region, was one of the sources of the leaked papers.
The Whatsapp group is named Lagadia- a term student’s use for leaked examination papers or what is also popularly referred to among student circles as “apor”.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it will not cancel the leaked question papers. In a statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, WAEC’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs said “the papers already written will not be cancelled. She said the remaining papers will be taken as scheduled and investigations will continue and persons found culpable will be appropriately sanctioned.”
The statement explained that before the said papers were issued from the depots, the council detected a number of different versions of the questions in circulation but found them to be fake. “It was however discovered that some authentic questions went into circulation after the papers were released to the examination centres. The council suspects that this foreknowledge was perpetrated through the connivance of some persons engaged for the conduct of the examination and their agents.
The council, with the assistance of the Security agencies, is tracking down these persons for prosecution.”
Last month, Kenya's schools exam board was dissolved after leaked exam papers were widely shared on social media sites ahead of students sitting the exams.