Another Scandal besets WASSCE Candidates

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By Alhaji M. Jalloh

In what appears as another scandal involving examinations malpractice in the ongoing West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE), O’Neil Street in the Central Business District of Freetown was full of drama last Thursday May 16, 2019, when the Sierra Leone Police swoop into a private unfinished building suspect of hosting students writing the Mathematics paper.

Police sources say 31 persons were rounded up in the operation and 24 of those were candidates taking the current WASSCE exams. The clue, according to reports, was that about 150 pupils were rewriting the WASSCE exams facilitated by a handful of school authorities in league with some invigilators and supervisors who allegedly demand the sum of five hundred thousand Leones, approximately USD 55.0 to allow these candidates cheat the math exams.

Speaking to the media, Assistant Inspector General of Police T. M Lahai said the incident involved mainly pupils of in Freetown. He said 150 candidates were writing the exams away from the designated centres. Five among the suspects said they reside in the building as tenants but the police had a cause to believe they are imposing since the structure was unfinished.

Lahai said 9 mobile phone handset were found, 10 Mathematical sets, 20 calculators, 15 blue shirts, 8 white shirts among other items in safe custody of the police.

The matter is under investigations and the suspect according to the police are helping with the investigations.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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