Ghana’s Education Service (GES) says the excellent results of the free SHS 1st batch who sat for the immediate past 2020 WASSCE was without the intervention of President Nana Akufo-Addo as the majority of Ghanaians claims.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, the Deputy Director-General of GES, Dr Kwabena B Tandoh said the success of the Akufo-Addo graduates was because of the quality of the Free SHS program and not anything different.
According to him, there is no way the Akufo-Addo government which introduced the Free SHS policy can manipulate an international examination like the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) conducted by non-profit-making organization (WAEC)
“The first batch of the Free SHS program wrote an international WASSCE which cannot be manipulated by government,” the GES official stated.
Dr Tandoh added that “Initially government wanted WAEC to allow Ghanaian students to write a Ghana Paper due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the other West African countries who also write the WASSCE opted to join and which made the exams an international paper.”
“Even the registrar of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Ghana is from Sierra Leone and do you think he will allow any manipulation? WAEC is a competent reputable organization,” he noted.
WAEC statistics and results of Ghanaian candidates who sat for the 2020 WASSCE for School examination indicates the first batch of the Free Senior High School policy performed outstandingly as compared to the 2019 batch.
Meanwhile, the government prior to last year’s WASSCE distributed 400,000 sets of questions and answer booklets to the Akufo-Addo graduates, a move some Ghanaians said was to help the candidates pass the examination.