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THE GENESIS OF CORRUPTION

THE GENESIS OF CORRUPTION


Corruption is said to be as old as Adam, the first man ever created by God; but at what point in a man’s life is he introduced to the subject of corruption? In the case of Ghana, it appears corruption is an early childhood lesson introduced to the Ghanaian child in no other place than in public schools. The story you’re about to be told is one of a sad deliberate and calculated action taken by a group of teachers to introduce corruption to pupils at the basic level of education. This is the Mataheko cluster of schools in the capital city of Ghana. It is time for the annual Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE. However, what you’re about to witness will shock you and leave you wondering why teachers and heads of schools, who have been working towards this day will crown it with such a disgrace. The Salis Newspaper got hint that some teachers at the Mataheko cluster of schools were compromising the integrity of the BECE exams. After an initial check, it was confirmed that indeed it is true. The Salis went undercover to bring you exclusive evidence of how we impart corruption into children even in schools. The video evidence you’re about to see were recorded on different days within the examination week. These teachers are busy solving the day’s Pre-tech exams questions ahead of the exams. They are heard discussing the answers and writing them out. A female teacher is heard asking a male teacher the answer to the compulsory question. He goes ahead to provide the answers as she writes. Keeping the gate for them is the headmistress of the school. The female teacher fearing that they could be caught, tells the headmistress to keep the gate for them. It is further shocking how the pupils are aware of this and the teachers confidently do this shameful act right before the very eyes of the students. Are these children going to grow into responsible adults, can they shun corruption if they come across it? Your guess is as good as mine. The pupils actively participate. On another day, a male teacher is joined by a female mathematics teacher who tells them she was looking for one other teacher because the questions were on his phone but his male colleague tells her they have the hard copy.  She then joins them to solve the math questions. Female teacher in polo shirt solving questions with the male teachers They carefully place carbon sheets in between the pages like lotto vendors to duplicate the answers at a go. After she is done, she tells them she is going away and will not come. She tells them she came purposely for mathematics. After she leaves the male teachers continue with the duplication of answers for the pupils. The Salis Undercover reporter wonders how come some people had the questions ahead of them. He also asks one of the teachers if the pupils could read his hand writing and he responds in pigin English that that’s how not how we copy. CUE: Teacher speaking Pigin about style of copying To justify their actions, they further tell the undercover reporter that, copying is even worse in the universities. They go on to talk about how the system operates.  CUE: Teachers talking about repetition of students etc. For as low as 5 Cedis, invigilators are able to allow pupils to copy and cheat in exams. This teacher reveal more. He complains about why he should pay an extra 5 cedis after all they have paid already to get the questions.   One after the other, they tear out the sheets full of answers, folds them and securely puts them in his pocket ready for deliver. He gets a call and tells the person the number of questions they are solving. He finishes copying the answers and goes to deliver it. The teachers hide on hearing that the supervisor had come around. He then walks behind an abandoned building just to hide from the supervisor and leaves the scene. On some occasions, after writing out the answers, they position themselves in an obscure place where the pupils come and take the answers to the exam hall. What is shocking is the tacit involvement of a whole headmistress whose duty it is to supervise them. What is more disheartening is that this story is not new. It was first published by the illuminator newspaper now called the Salis Newspaper in 2012. After the first publication, the matter was officially reported to the Metropolitan director of education Mr.  Asante After waiting for several hours, he finally came.   Mr. Asante watched the video for the first time and expressed great shock. He confirmed the identities of all the teachers including the headmistress but sadly failed and has since then failed to take any administrative action against the teachers. The newspaper subsequently reported the matter officially to the public relations director of WAEC but sadly as well neither WAEC nor The GES took any action. The teachers continue to teach without even a query. We call on the minister of education, the GES council and WAEC to take up this issue and do what is right.

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