Amid stringent ‘security measures,’ the much awaited 2016 national examinations of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) is in its third day sitting today, with students gearing up to take chemistry and history.
But this year’s exam had been embroiled in a series of uncertainties; couple with the reported stealing of the testing materials.
Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, has meanwhile advised all registered 12th graders to prepare themselves and go to the selected testing centers with only their pens and pencils, adding that students should carry, “nothing else, especially electronic devices as doing so will disqualify any candidate caught.”
Despite the earlier fiasco caused by the theft of exam papers from a storage in Konola Academy, Kakata the WAEC examinations began last Monday throughout the country with 46,000 students sitting for one subject: mathematics.
On the second day, yesterday, students tackled geography and biology exam questions. Reports across the country and from various campuses indicate that there has been so far a smooth administration of the examinations as students eagerly focused on the test subjects.
At the Boatswain Junior High School campus, students who are taking the exams are doing as well as they can, according to a sample of students interviewed yesterday.
“We are doing our best and I think we are sure that we are doing the right thing to get the results that we need,” said a female student from the Assembly of God of Caldwell, who is writing her exams at the Boatswain Junior High School campus.
Reports from Grand Cape Mount, Nimba and Margibi County were also positive with students engaged in their exams with a sense of dedication.
“Students are cautiously and religiously working on their exam papers,” according to reports from Nimba County.
Information gathered from the various venues indicates that students who are writing their exams have decided to do all they can to get the job done so that they can look at the future and see what they need to do to further their lives.
“They are not even discussing the recent postponement of the examinations caused by leaked test papers,” according to our Nimba correspondent, Ishmael Menkor.
The exams will continue on Thursday with students writing physics and economics and many reports indicate that students are in a marathon rush to get the exams successfully behind them.