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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ghana:Graduate, 25, Held Over Impersonation In Examination

The vigilance of a tutor of the Kumasi Anglican Secondary School has led to the arrest of a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for alleged impersonation in the ongoing West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

The tutor, who was invigilating the General Knowledge in Art 2B paper at the WAEC Hall 2 in Kumasi last Thursday, was shocked when he saw the suspect, Michael Nii Armah, 25, writing the examination with the name Ben Nyantakyi Nimo, and consequently caused his arrest.

This was because he taught him at the Kumasi Anglican Secondary School and knew him to have completed the KNUST.
The police were also holding a lady by name Bernice Nyantakyi Nimo in connection with the case.

Bernice admitted before the police that she convinced Nii Armah to write the paper, but in the name of Ben Nyantakyi Nimo.
According to her, she was deficient in the registered subjects and since she was bent on entering the university, she contacted Nii Armah to help her out.

The Kumasi branch Controller of WAEC, Mr Edgar Fiagbey, told the Daily Graphic that the plan was for Nii Armah to write the name and index number of Bernice on his question paper while Bernice wrote those of the non-existent Ben Nyantakyi Nimo on her question paper.

He stated that the practice was not new, and added that some culprits had been arrested in the past and dealt with by the law.
The admission notice for Nii Armah showed that he registered for the Graphic Design and General Knowledge in Art papers with the name Ben Nyantakyi Nimo and had the index number 10515009242.

Nii Armah told the police that Bernice helped him very much when he was at the university and, therefore, decided to reciprocate the gesture when she approached him with the request to write the examination for her.

Police Inspector Regina Nunoofio, the officer in charge of the WAEC Police Post in Kumasi, said the suspects would be processed for court after investigations were complete.

Author : Kwame Asare Boadu

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