The fourth suspect in the matter of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) leak, Mr Collins Yeboah, last Friday escaped arrest when his friends allegedly attacked a policeman detailed to effect his arrest at the Ascension Senior High School (SHS) in Kumasi.
The policeman, who had accompanied the Headmaster of the school, Mr Ekow Quashie, to pick up Mr Yeboah, a teacher of the school, was heckled by Mr Yeboah’s friends, making it possible for him to escape.
Mr Quashie was picked up last Thursday, together with the Literature-in-English teacher of the school, Ms Esther Boakyewaa, and a female candidate of the school.
The three are currently helping the WAEC Police in Kumasi with investigations, while Mr Yeboah is on the run.
Mr Yeboah is said to have forwarded the answered Literature-in-English questions to Ms Boakyewaa, who copied them out on pieces of paper and gave them to the female candidate to pass on to candidates of the Ascension SHS, a private SHS in Kumasi.
Giving an update on the arrest in a telephone interview, the Branch Controller of WAEC in the Ashanti Region, Mr Alex Bosompem, gave an assurance that even though Mr Yeboah had managed to escape arrest, he would soon be arrested by the police.
Mr Bosompem said it had now been established that Mr Yeboah got the questions from Mr Quashie, after which Yeboah forwarded them to Ms Boakyewaa who, after copying the questions, deleted them from her mobile phone.
Suspects to report to the police
He said the three suspects would report to the police today and expressed the hope that the headmaster would give clues leading to the source of the leak, explaining that if anything short of that happened, he (Bosompem) would liaise with the WAEC headquarters on the next step to take.
Mr Bosompem was convinced that it was high time WAEC exposed people involved in examination malpractice, adding, “People have been shielded for far too long and that is why they are taking us for granted.”
On the female candidate implicated in the leak, he said he was not too sure whether she would write a paper today and gave an assurance that if she had a paper, she would be allowed to write it before reporting herself to the police.