May 30, 2024

Former deputy General Secretary of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has joined the ongoing feud surrounding the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) cheating allegations.

According to him, the tension around the 2023 WASSCE performance undermined students who genuinely toiled to pass their exams.

He said it is not fair to treat the students who passed their exams that way while others have had their papers cancelled because of malpractices.

Koku Anyidoho on his X suggests that students who passed their exams should be celebrated and the culprits should be dealt with rather than widespread allegations to discourage them.

“Children have written exams & passed. Some have had papers cancelled bcos of malpractices. Instead of celebrating those who have passed, and cautioning those who have fallen foul of the law, we are insulting the sacrifices of those who genuinely toiled to pass. Are we being fair?” He wrote.

This comes after the former President John Dramani Mahama’s recent allegations of widespread cheating among the recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

“In many places, they let the children cheat. You go to places, and the teachers are conniving with the students to cheat. The effect will be seen later,” the former President Mahama reportedly said.

The allegation has generated a heated argument among political actors, education sector, CSO and others.

But Koku Anyidoho believes this is not the first time examination malpractice has occurred.

He said it will exist till eternity since it did not start today.

“Is this the first time we are hearing of exam malpractices? Since Adam, it has existed; culprits are caught & are dealt with. Into eternity, it will exist – but does that mean the Whole system is fraught with fraud? So, bcos thieves exist in Ghana , we are all thieves? Haba!” He added.

Meanwhile, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu has urged politicians to avoid the use of the education system which is the future of every child as a political tool.

He said, the most important thing is to find a lasting solution to challenges facing the education system.

“We beg you politicians, stop playing political football with our exams. Let us maintain our standards. Every examination is different every year” he stated.