May 20, 2024

The Executive Director-Child Rights International, Bright Appiah has proposed that the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the Ministry of Education should allow the Juvenile Justice System in Ghana to handle examination malpractice during Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

According to him, examination malpractice is a minor crime so it is not right to prevent a student from writing Exams but rather should be reported to the Juvenile Justice System to give the appropriate punishment for the victims according to the juvenile law.

He said, examination malpractice can be classified as a crime but BECE candidates are juveniles so they should be punished accordingly.

Speaking in an interview monitored by, Bright Appiah maintained that preventing a child from writing exams because of examination malpractice is against child right.

“Examination malpractice is a crime and within our juvenile justice system if a child commits a crime there is a way to handle it but it is not the best to deny the child from writing the exams because to write the exams is different from the offence he committed” He said.

“In the normal aspect, they have to allow the child to write the exams and allow the juvenile justice system to handle the criminal part,”  Bright Appiah stated.

According to him, the law makes it clear that the primary concentration of the child should be the focus of WAEC and the Ministry of Education, not the offense committed.

He therefore advised parents whose children have been denied from writing exams to report them to the court.

“If you see your child has been wrogfully been denied from writing exams, you have to report to the authorities” He advised parents.