General News of Monday, 27 November 2006

Source: GNA

WAEC explains new grading system under WASSCE

Accra, Nov. 27, GNA - The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Monday explained the new grading system under the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) saying the new grading, which takes effect from this year, uses a nine-point alpha numerical system.

A circular to various universities and bodies that deal with examination results said an A1 grade at the WASSCE, which has replaced the Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), is interpreted as Excellent.

B2 is Very Good; B3 is Good; C4, C5 and C6 are interpreted as Credit; D7 and D8 are interpreted as Pass while F9 is Fail. The circular said the grading equivalents to the SSSCE are: A1 and B2 at the WASSSCE are A at the SSSCE (Excellent); B3 is B (Very Good); C4 is C (Good); C5 and C6 are D (credit); D7 and E8 are E (Passes) and F9 is F (Fail).

Students of Senior Secondary Schools in the country sat for the WASSCE in May/June 2006 while the examination would be available to private candidates in October/November 2007.

This means that the last SSSCE for private candidates is being administered in November/December 2006.