John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister for Education says the investment the Akufo-Addo led NPP government has put into the flagship free SHS policy indicates beneficiaries of the popular program would have a bright future.
He made the comment during his monitoring visit to six Senior High Schools where some of the second batch beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School (free SHS) are sitting for the ongoing 2021 WASSCE for School.
“Indeed Ghanaian students are better positioned for a brighter future with the worthy investment put into the flagship Free SHS policy,” the Member of Parliament for the Assin South Constituency told the WASSCE candidates.
According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for the conduct of the international examination, over 446,000 final year students are partaking in the ongoing 2021 edition of the WASSCE for School.
The total number of free SHS students comprises 221,437 males and 234,884 females from 965 schools i.e 651 public schools and 314 private schools in Ghana. The number is an increase of 18.78% over the 2020 figure of 375,767.
Mrs Wendy Addy-Lamptey, the Head of National Office – WAEC at a press briefing monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said 763 centres are being used for the examination which began on August 16, 2021.
She urged candidates to abide by the rules and regulations governing the administration of the examination and avoid any form of malpractice that could lead to the cancellation of the entire or some of their subject results.
Persons associated with the conduct of the international examination including invigilators and supervisors have also been entreated to be vigilant and refrain from taking their mobile phones to the examination hall.