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WAEC considers lawsuit against Africa Education Watch over ‘inaccurate’ 2020 WASSCE report

The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has hinted at possible legal action against education think tank, Africa Education Watch.

Africa Education Watch on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, released a report on its assessment of the 2020 West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The report alleged some irregularities witnessed during the period of the examination, which it termed unprecedented.

But WAEC says the think tank’s report is fraught with factual inaccuracies.

Speaking at a press conference to address the supposed inaccuracies, the Head of the Legal Department at WAEC, Rev. Victor Brew, said all options are on the table, including legal action against Africa Education Watch over its misleading report.

“All options are on the table including a legal suit. These are things that management has to first strategize on. Don’t be surprised if you hear of it in the coming days. But I can’t tell the actual date this will happen.”

As part of eleven recommendations proffered by the education think tank, after it conducted what it calls thorough research and investigation into the 2020 WASSCE, Africa Education Watch asked the government to digitize the question distribution system.

Speaking on this, however, the Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, Agnes Tei-Cudjoe said “it’s easier said than done.”

“The report recommends an internet-based encrypted email system which sends questions 30 minutes ahead of time to exam centers by which time candidates are to be seated. It is easier to write this than to implement it.”

“That is why we insist that Arica Education Watch did not engage us, if they did, they would have understood better our processes and procedures and come out with more feasible recommendations. We are open to recommendations, but we also have to consider the feasibility,” she added.

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