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General News of Friday, 12 August 2016

Source: Peace FM

Blame GES for 'embarrassing' WASSCE results – Awuni

he Executive Director for YouthEye Innovations Foundation, Samuel Awuni says Ghana Education Service must be blamed for ‘embarrassing’ results by candidates of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He explained that – bad structures by the service over the years resulted to the failure – this he said will daunt over 50% of the candidate dream of entering into a university.

“The systemic failure of our educational authority has resulted to the continuous failure within the sector. The Ghana Education service has failed to put in place practical measures towards the academic growth and development of students over the years,” he said.

According to him “The service continually focuses on infrastructure and educational materials than giving little priority to the mental growth and ability of student to understand and appreciate education beyond the walls of the classroom. This year’s results statistics reveals 66% failing, which remains unfortunate. This is a clear indication of how poor our education system is failing us.”

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has said at least 598 candidates who sat in the 2016 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had their “entire results cancelled.”

A copy of a provisional report signed by the Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, said out of the 274,262 candidates who took the examination, 2,184 candidates had issues with their results - 66% failing, whiles 1, 576 candidates had their subjects results cancelled, 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled.

13 candidates had their entire results cancelled and have been barred from taking any of the Council’s examinations for 2 (two) years mainly for impersonation during the examination.

According to the statement, about 2,293 candidates who were identified to have cheated in English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science had their “relevant subject results cancelled.”

These subjects have been over emphases causing panic and continue phobia hence the reason for the poor performance recorded

However, in a statement copied to Mr Awuni noted that “The Ghana Eduction Service must be prudent and innovative in their approach to education. Going by this current trends and stands by the GES is likely to result to even worse performance in the coming years.”

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