Beware of rogue websites – WAEC

Accra – The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has cautioned candidates, who are writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from Monday to be wary of operators of rogue websites who peddle fake examinations papers as authentic ones.

Candidates are also cautioned against engaging in any examination malpractice of any form, especially collusion, which is prevalent at the BECE,” it said.

In all, 509,824 candidates from 16,060 schools will write the examination in 1,772 centres throughout the country.

In a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye- Cudjoe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, for the Head of the National Office of WAEC, the Council said collusion could be detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) in their objective tests, or in their script during marking.

It, therefore, urged all stakeholders, especially supervisors and invigilators, to safeguard the integrity of the examination.

WAEC assured the public that all the necessary measures had been put in place to ensure that the examinations were conducted successfully.

The Council wishes all candidates success in their papers and reminds them they can pass their examination without cheating. The candidature, which is made up of 263,295 males and 246,529 females, is an 8.9 per cent increase over 2017 figure of 468,060.

The examination will end on June 8, 2018.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beware of rogue websites – WAEC

Accra – The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has cautioned candidates, who are writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from Monday to be wary of operators of rogue websites who peddle fake examinations papers as authentic ones.

Candidates are also cautioned against engaging in any examination malpractice of any form, especially collusion, which is prevalent at the BECE,” it said.

In all, 509,824 candidates from 16,060 schools will write the examination in 1,772 centres throughout the country.

In a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye- Cudjoe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, for the Head of the National Office of WAEC, the Council said collusion could be detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) in their objective tests, or in their script during marking.

It, therefore, urged all stakeholders, especially supervisors and invigilators, to safeguard the integrity of the examination.

WAEC assured the public that all the necessary measures had been put in place to ensure that the examinations were conducted successfully.

The Council wishes all candidates success in their papers and reminds them they can pass their examination without cheating. The candidature, which is made up of 263,295 males and 246,529 females, is an 8.9 per cent increase over 2017 figure of 468,060.

The examination will end on June 8, 2018.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Display official price list of services – DVLA Boss directs staff

Kumasi, � Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has directed regional and district managers to post the price list of services the Authority renders to the public to promote transparency.

The notice should be visible, possibly at the main entrances, on the doors and at client service centres.

That, he said, would inform customers of the exact amount to pay to avoid the tendency where some clients paid colossal sums of money to middlemen, popularly called goro boys ostensibly to facilitate the processing of their documents.

Mr Busia gave the directive when he addressed staff during a visit by the Board of Directors of the Authority to its Obuasi, Dunkwa-On-Offin, Bekwai, Mampong, Agona, Offinso, Kumasi and the Nkawkaw offices to acquaint themselves with their operations.

Unfortunately, Mr Busia said, the clients’ were short-changed by the middlemen who approached them to assist, thereby giving them fake documents including drivers licence.

The Chief Executive said the organisation had seen lots of reforms including the turnaround time of doing business where clients accessed services within 30 minutes at the prestige centre, two weeks at the premium centres and four weeks for regular services for the drivers’ license.

He said the Authority would continue to introduce cutting-edge technology and innovation to transform the value chain of its activities to achieve customer satisfaction.

Mr Busia said the new DVLA sought to put the customer first in the scheme of its operations by ensuring that they were treated with respect and received services within the shortest possible time urging the staff to be customer centric.

That, He said, was the way forward to build, promote and sustain a positive image of the Authority stating that it was determined to maintain best practices for licensing drivers and vehicles to make the roads safe for users.

He urged the staff to uphold integrity, professionalism, excellence and reliability in their work as the Authority is poised to leverage on its operations to ensure that only vehicles in good conditions ply the roads.

He asked them to commit themselves to excellent customer service in line with the Authority’s vision of making customer satisfaction its hallmark.

He entreated drivers to have their eyes tested regularly to know the state of their vision.

Mr Busia touched on Compliance and Enforcement Unit, which periodically conducted exercises on the highways together with the National Road Safety Commission and the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department to ensure that vehicles were roadworthy.

He touched on digitisation of vehicle records to enhance good vehicle documentation and the introduction of electronic system to eradicate fake roadworthy stickers.

Mr Frank Davies, the Board Chairman, commended the workers for their commitment to work, which had given the public a good image of the Authority.

He cautioned those who ‘aid’ middlemen to eschew the practice saying they would be dealt with when caught.

Such acts, Mr Davies said, was not only an affront to the Authority but a drain to the state as it deprived it of the needed revenue for national development.

The managers on their part assured the Board of their determination to improve on their operations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Display official price list of services – DVLA Boss directs staff

Kumasi, � Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has directed regional and district managers to post the price list of services the Authority renders to the public to promote transparency.

The notice should be visible, possibly at the main entrances, on the doors and at client service centres.

That, he said, would inform customers of the exact amount to pay to avoid the tendency where some clients paid colossal sums of money to middlemen, popularly called goro boys ostensibly to facilitate the processing of their documents.

Mr Busia gave the directive when he addressed staff during a visit by the Board of Directors of the Authority to its Obuasi, Dunkwa-On-Offin, Bekwai, Mampong, Agona, Offinso, Kumasi and the Nkawkaw offices to acquaint themselves with their operations.

Unfortunately, Mr Busia said, the clients’ were short-changed by the middlemen who approached them to assist, thereby giving them fake documents including drivers licence.

The Chief Executive said the organisation had seen lots of reforms including the turnaround time of doing business where clients accessed services within 30 minutes at the prestige centre, two weeks at the premium centres and four weeks for regular services for the drivers’ license.

He said the Authority would continue to introduce cutting-edge technology and innovation to transform the value chain of its activities to achieve customer satisfaction.

Mr Busia said the new DVLA sought to put the customer first in the scheme of its operations by ensuring that they were treated with respect and received services within the shortest possible time urging the staff to be customer centric.

That, He said, was the way forward to build, promote and sustain a positive image of the Authority stating that it was determined to maintain best practices for licensing drivers and vehicles to make the roads safe for users.

He urged the staff to uphold integrity, professionalism, excellence and reliability in their work as the Authority is poised to leverage on its operations to ensure that only vehicles in good conditions ply the roads.

He asked them to commit themselves to excellent customer service in line with the Authority’s vision of making customer satisfaction its hallmark.

He entreated drivers to have their eyes tested regularly to know the state of their vision.

Mr Busia touched on Compliance and Enforcement Unit, which periodically conducted exercises on the highways together with the National Road Safety Commission and the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department to ensure that vehicles were roadworthy.

He touched on digitisation of vehicle records to enhance good vehicle documentation and the introduction of electronic system to eradicate fake roadworthy stickers.

Mr Frank Davies, the Board Chairman, commended the workers for their commitment to work, which had given the public a good image of the Authority.

He cautioned those who ‘aid’ middlemen to eschew the practice saying they would be dealt with when caught.

Such acts, Mr Davies said, was not only an affront to the Authority but a drain to the state as it deprived it of the needed revenue for national development.

The managers on their part assured the Board of their determination to improve on their operations.

Source: Ghana News Agency

More females graduate from UCC

Cape Coast- The Seventh Session of the 50th Congregation of the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast (UCC), saw more females graduating with B.Ed Basic Education and Early Childhood through the Sandwich Programme.

Out of the 1,607 graduands, 910 were females as against 697 being males.

They were from the Wesley College of Education, Kumasi, Tamale College of Education, OLA College of Education, Cape Coast, St. Teresa’s College of Education, Hohoe, and the Presbyterian College of Education, Akwapim-Akropong.

Addressing the graduands, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ghartey-Ampiah, said UCC was scaling up its Diploma in Basic Education Programme to the degree level in accordance to reforms by the Ministry of Education geared towards improving quality of teacher education.

He said the Institute would continue to mentor the colleges of education and train their tutors to build on their research capacity in teacher education and professional development.

The University and the Institute of Education will work out a strategy, which will enable assistant tutors in the colleges of education to enrol on relevant programmes in the University to progress in their career.

Prof. Ghartey-Ampiah said plans were afoot for the introduction of MPhil Teacher Education and M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Pedagogy programmes in various disciplines at the Institute.

He advised the graduands to persevere and be determined as they forged ahead to bring about positive change in their lives and that of their communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency