Ghana to write WASSCE 2022 Alone
WASSCE 2022 has already been taken among the four other member countries as Ghana now prepares to sit for theirs. As the four member countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); Nigeria, The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, that writes the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ghana is the only country left to sit for the exams which is scheduled to place from August 1 to September 27, 2022. The other four member countries reset their examination back to the default, which is the May/June scheduled. Candidates in this countries already sat for their WASSCE 2022 on May 9th to June 24th.
Even with the late sitting, Ghana will not be left out from competing in the National Distinction Award and WAEC Excellence Award with the other candidates from the four member countries.
According to Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey, Head of the Ghana National Office of WAEC, “Our candidates will still compete for the National Distinction Award and the WAEC Excellence Award, which is normally competed for by all candidates in the five-member countries”.
Mrs Addy-Lamptey explained that the time was too short for them to make a decision to join the examination especially, with the new Semester system which kick started in February. “The time was too short and the candidates would not have adequately prepared for the examination and so the Ministry of Education requested that it be conducted for them in August and September 2022″.
“Following from that, Ghanaian candidates will write a Ghana-only version of the WASSCE for School Candidates, starting from August 1 and ending on September 27”.
She stressed on the activity of some scammers and website operators that got access to the examination taken in the other member countries and are advertising it on their websites. Mrs. Addy-Lamptey said, candidates should focus on their studies since the questions are totally different and cautioned this scammers to desist from the irresponsible behaviour.
“Some have requested candidates to register by paying a fee. We want to inform our publics that the examination being conducted has totally different questions/parallel questions from the papers written in the other member countries”.
She again added that “all post-examination arrangements will be handled internationally”.
“For example, the Standard Fixing and Grading Awards meetings will have representatives from the five member countries,” she explained.
A total of 422,883 candidates from 977 schools registered for the WASSCE after the extended closing date of April 8, 2022.
The entry figure included 72 candidates with visual impairment, made up of 39 males and 33 females, as well as 14 candidates with hearing impairment.
Mrs. Addy-Lamptey explained that 60 subjects, comprising four core and 56 electives, would be administered to prospective candidates.
She added that “In addition to the four core subjects that all candidates write, candidates have the option to select up to a maximum of four elective subjects from the seven programmes offered in senior high schools”.
She mentioned that the council assigned depots safe enough to store confidential materials in the communities and assured the public that “such facilities have been inspected and the necessary fortification and refurbishment works are being done to ensure that they meet the security requirements”.
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“This year, the number of depots has been increased to reduce the time taken in moving the question papers from the depots to the examination centres, pushing the depots closer to the examination centres,” she revealed to the Daily Graphic.
According to Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, the country could not return to the default May/June scheduled as the others because the country was experiencing periods of recovery learning. He also believes the time was too short to run back to the May/June timetable.
“we made sure that we did not lose contact hours, so we calculated the number of contact hours that had to be done within a given year,” as he explained.
He further mentioned that “So, for a given year, the calculation was that we were going to do 1,134 contact hours. So immediately after the COVID-19, what we did was that we needed to go back to do that calculation, and when we ran the numbers, we realised that the earliest time we could do the examination again was some time in August and September”.
“However, the other countries, irrespective of whatever, decided to go ahead of us. They reopened schools much earlier than February, and immediately after the examination in 2021, they reversed to the old system. But we used our recovery period and then our contact hours to do our calculation,” said the Director-General of the GES.
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