Examiners threatens to boycott this years WASSCE marking over pay rise

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has invited Chief Examiners as the coordination exercise will begin on Wednesday, 20th October to Friday 22nd October, 2021.

The coordination exercise gives the council opportunity to discuss marking scheme for the examination, the questions are discussed among Chief Examiners by going through the marking scheme and the questions systematically.

At this point, they discussed marking scheme and the answers that are related to the question, they decide whether an answer given by students should be accepted or rejected, Chief Examiners for each subject and the subject heads together agreed on what should be accepted as an answer or rejected, if the answers given by students are correct but not captured in the marking scheme.

Whatever the Chief Examiners and the subject heads agree to be accepted as right answers are drafted and added to addendum in the marking scheme for all examiners recruited for the marking to make a reference in the marking of the scripts. Zonal heads and team leaders will begin coordination in all the zones in the ten traditional regional capitals.


The West African Examination Council (WAEC) select scripts randomly for the conference marking, the random selection of scripts give the council the general overview of candidates answers to the question.

The conference marking enable Assistant Examiners, and newly recruited examiners to acquire knowledge and skills in the marking of examination scripts.

Examiners have threatened to withdraw their services if they don’t see an increment in the marking allowance, the Chief Examiners have stated that, transportation and fuel prices have gone up.

For the past three years, they have not seen any increment in the marking allowance, they pay for transportation to meet their team leaders and Chief Examiners for vetting of scripts after marking each pack of the. Examiners received 3 Ghana cedis per script for WASSCE and 1.80 Ghana cedis per script for marking BECE.

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