As part of the preparations to herald the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which commences on 15th November 2021, the Gomoa East District in conjunction with WAEC has held a day’s workshop on dos and donts on the upcoming examination.
Speaking at the workshop to commence the programme, the District Director, Mrs Francisca De-Graft Johnson admonished teachers who are going to serve in the various capacities as Invigilators and supervisors to take extra caution not to fall victim to the laws that govern the examination because no one will be spared. She emphasize that Invigilators should strictly insist COVID-19 protocols. That’s handwashing and wearing of nose masks.
At the turn of the Examination Coordinator, Mr Kenneth Frimpong Manso, he emphasized strongly that teachers are solely responsible for the outcome of any any incident that occurs within the perimeter of his or her jurisdiction. He urged teachers to be circumspect not to divulge any paper since that single act will have a dire consequences for the Invigilator concern. He cautioned teachers not to be swayed by any inducement because the examinations body will not take responsibility and shield any teacher for committing any offense. He advised participants to stay away from the media when they do not have the authority and approval from the supervisor.
Speaking on the rules and regulations guiding the examination, he entreated Invigilators to act professionally and avoid allowing students to enter the halls with foreign materials.
However, when Mr Christopher Amekpehu took the podium, he reminded teachers as a matter of importance to sign the attendance book as the first step of participation into the processes. Again, he stressed that devices such as calculators and phones which are not permitted in the examination should not be allowed to enter the hall either by the supervisor, Invigilator or the student. He opined that any Invigilator who loose gourd and compromise on his or her role will be made to bear the full vigorous of the law.
Speaking from the legal point of view and its repercussions, Mr Emmanuel Azaku Quarshie explained that there are punitive measures against teachers who flout the rules. He said, the Invigilator or the teacher concern can lose his or job and when the offense is criminalized, the affected teacher can go to jail depending on the gravity of the offense.
Source : Kusi Amoako