The Gambia Police Force is forced into a prolonged investigation into the national examination scandal that costs the taxpayers an extra four hundred thousands dalasi.
The West African examination Council (WAEC) on last Wednesday canceled a compulsory science paper after it discovered suspected examination malpractices at NioroJattaba Basic Cycle School in Kiang West.
Unidentified persons vandalised two offices at that school, before breaking into the Vice Principal’s office, where the examination papers were kept and stole two copies of general science theory paper due to be presented the following day.
“The police were not there and we have not seen anybody who said I saw these people” the police spokesperson told The Daily News. “So we just don’t want to jump and charge somebody without clear information.”
Assistant Superintendent YerrowMballow said one cannot estimate the duration of the investigation because it will last “as long as the truth pertaining to the matter is not found.”
Meanwhile, Sutay Bah, the watchman who was arrested on Wednesday has been released on Saturday together with three grade eleven students - Ebrima Bah, Bokara Colley and Malick Sowe.
Some teachers are also being investigated, according to the sources at the school.
Spokesperson Mballow however failed to confirm whether the detainees were held beyond the 72 hour constitutional limit.
Alh Baboucarr A. Mbaye, Head of Test Administration Department at WAEC described the examination scandal in question as the first of its kind in the country.
The West African Examination body is now busy preparing a substitute to the cancelled Science paper ahead of its scheduled examination date on Friday 18th May 2012.
According to Mr Mbye the Ministry Of Basic and Secondary Education has paid the cost of printing, packaging and the distribution of the new science paper at a tune of D444, 096.95.