As Students Vow to Protest, Civil Society Accuses WAEC of Duping WASSCE Students
After the online publication of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by the West African Examination Council, several schools have raised concerns over the unfair treatment of their candidates, citing dubious acts on the part of WAEC.
In a press conference yesterday at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists conference hall, Campbell Street, Freetown, the Executive Director of Civil Rights Coalition, Alphonso Manley accused WAEC of duping pupils especially those at Modern High Secondary School where only a candidate got a university requirement out of the numerous students that took the exam as those students are now urging the exam body to remark their scripts as the results do not reflect their performance.
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Mr. Manley said his organization is championing the campaign in support of Modern High School and those affected because they will not allow anybody or institution to sabotage the Free and Quality Education of the government.
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He called on the government to act immediately before the situation turns to a disaster.
He urged WAEC to adhere to the plea of the affected student within seven days by remarking their scripts in a transparent way and failure to do so will lead to a protest around the office of WAEC office. Principal of Modern High School, Michael A Tibbie challenged that it is not possible for only a student to pass out of the 56 pupil that took the exam after hard studies. “We will not seat by and watch WAEC damage the future of the pupils especially the girl and that of our school,” he said. Parents of the children were also in attendance as they have their support for the pending protest which they promised to be part of.
According to News 24 Newspaper, Solicitor for the school Ibrahim Tommy Esq. disclosed that he has sent a letter to WAEC to look into the issue, if they failed, he will seek redness to the Court.