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Scam! WAEC is not offering results upgrade services to candidates

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Claim: The West African Examination Council (WAEC) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service is raising examination results to aid candidates’ entry to tertiary institutions – Facebook user

WAEC says it is not collaborating with the Ghana education service for the upgrade of results.

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In anticipation of the 2021 West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations conducted across West African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia and the subsequent release of the examination time table, a claim has surfaced on social media, particularly on Facebook groups about WAEC entering into collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to upgrade results.

“The accredited office of the West African Examination Council and Ghana Education service is still rendering its secure, safe and authentic Results upgrade and certificate generation services…assisting candidates gain admission to Tertiary institutions nationwide,assisting teacher trainees gain recruitment and creating links to civil service recruitment,” portions of the claim reads.

Image: Screenshots of the claim

We were able to identify Mintah Francis as a Facebook user who posted the message on Tamale Radio 91.7  Facebook page and Fancy Gadam Fan page on Facebook.

Verification

Dubawa contacted the attached WhatsApp number to find out how authentic this claim was. In a WhatsApp conversation with us, Mintah disclosed that this upgrade was a service that he has been providing for the past five years, adding that  WAEC gave  300 slots for the upgrade of results.

He added that the objective of the upgrade of results is to help provide older candidates with better results to enable them access jobs within and outside Ghana and to further their education without any hindrances. The process, he indicated, is free but interested parties are required to purchase a form which costs ¢100.

Images: Screenshots of the chats 

Dubawa then proceeded to contact the West African Examination Council (WAEC) through email to obtain the authenticity of this claim. The Examination body replied, saying it has no knowledge of such service and that it’s a scam. 

Image: Screenshot of WAEC reply.

We again contacted Mintah Francis who is circulating the said claim and making attempts to justify its authenticity, informing him that such claim has been rendered as a scam by the WAEC.

He response was,

” We don’t need  your ¢100 here.” 

Image: Screenshot of the chat.

It’s worth noting that scams of this kind exist and students have been sacked from the various public institutions in the country over fake or falsified WAEC/SSCE results.

Below are some instances.

Conclusion

The West African Examination Council is not collaborating with the Ghana Education Service for the upgrade of results and its mandate does not include tampering with examination results in any way.

This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking. 

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