Seven WASSCE ‘impersonators’ granted bail

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Seven persons, including three Senior High School (SHS) students of the Ngleshie Amanfrom SHS in the Central Region, standing trial for alleged impersonation in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been granted bail.

The Agona Swedru District Court presided over by Mr Isaac Apeatu, last Friday granted them bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties, one of which should be justified.

The case has been adjourned to September 9, 2020.

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Facts

According to the prosecution, led by Inspector Chare N. Salia, five of the accused persons impersonated five students of Central SHS in Agona Swedru and allegedly wrote the core subjects in the ongoing examination for the students.

The prosecution said they had written the Integrated Science and Social Studies papers and Paper Two of the Core Mathematics paper for the students, and were about to write the Paper One of the same subject on August 17, 2020, when they were arrested.

The five are Osman Ahmed, an administrator at Central SHS; Clement Sarfo, unemployed; and David Bawah, Georgina Danso and Desmond Oduro, all SHS students.

The two others are Richard Nkrumah, aka Emperor, a teacher at Ngleshie Amanfrom SHS who doubles as the Assistant Headmaster of Central SHS, and Cedric Sefah Acheampong, a teacher at Central SHS.

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WAEC inspection

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Inspector Salia told the court that on August 17, 2020, a team from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) toured schools in the Agona West municipality to monitor the ongoing WASSCE.

He said at the Swedru SHS centre, the team noticed that some students of Central SHS had other people writing the examination for them.

He said Ahmed, Sarfo, Bawah, Danso and Oduro mentioned 0030912391, 0030912297, 0030912359, 0030912495 and 0030912298 as their respective index numbers during a verification process. But a check with the verification machine revealed the identities of different owners of those index numbers.

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The prosecutor said the five persons mentioned Nkrumah and Acheampong as having contracted them to write on behalf of the five students.


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