The Ghana Education Service says it will intensify surveillance in the forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E), including searching of hijabs and pants of candidates.
According to the Municipal Education Director of Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality, Kate Biney, the move is to avert the likelihood of the exams being cancelled due to malpractices.
Starrfm.com.gh reports her as having said this during an interview on a Takoradi-based radio station.
“ …West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has given the needed orientation for supervisors and made it clear what is expected of them. This time we are going to do thorough searching so if you hear we are frisking their armpits etcetera understand; as males will search males and females attend to females,” the news website quoted as saying.
“We will feel the hijabs if it contains any material aside from their hair. We know Muslim ladies do not expose their hair so we will not remove it but when we are suspicious we will ask you to remove it and shake it and wear it again and proceed.”
Biney explained that authorities have picked up lessons from incidents that characterized previous examinations, and would not leave anything to chance this time around.
“Due to what happened during WASSCE, WAEC has information on how candidates hide foreign material, as now it is not as open as in their shoes. They now hide it in their panties as menstrual pads, in between their belts, even, they wear double nose masks and hide it in between, under their neck collars, and our Muslim colleagues’ hijabs will be searched,” she emphasised.
She emphasized that the actions of a few candidates will not be allowed to cause the cancellation of many other diligent and innocent ones, hence the proactive approach.
BECE is expected to start on Monday, October 17, 2022, across the country.