WAEC to adopt QR codes to curb examination malpractices

As part of efforts to curb examination malpractice, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is set to embed a QR Code in each question paper of candidates during examinations.

The council said this technology and other interventions would make it practically impossible to duplicate examination questions.

Explaining how the QR Code works, Chairman of WAEC, Professor Ato Essuman said “we have a new innovation now, that will track the question papers through the QR code. Whenever anyone tries running copies of a question paper, we will be alerted through our server.”

“Each question paper will have a unique code, linked to a candidate’s index number and identification number. We can thus trace the perpetrators,” he said.

The council has consistently been criticised for the examination malpractices that mar its external exams.

The subject results of some 2,383 candidates in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) were cancelled as a result of alleged examination malpractices.

The council also annulled the results for 480 candidates for entering examination halls with mobile phones and withheld those of 380 others for engaging in various forms of examination malpractices.

Some persons circulated the WASSCE papers on social media ahead of the exam, with many alleging it was an attempt to ensure that the first batch of Free SHS beneficiaries passed.

Prior to dates set for the various papers to be written by candidates, some websites predicted questions and topics while others uploaded pictures of past questions.

Also, some managed to obtain snapshots of the actual question paper after the start of the examination, forwarded the same to be worked out, and solutions sent to candidates.

This led to quite a number of mobile phone-related cases of malpractice during the examination.

Other candidates used their visits to the washroom to pick up photocopied solutions that had been earlier deposited there on purpose.

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