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General News of Saturday, 2 December 2017


WASSCE should be written in May not February - Government

The government, through the education ministry, is currently engaging the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for WASSCE to be written in May from 2018.

Minister of education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, argues that this move is to see to it that candidates get enough time for studies. He believes this would give way for them to have excellent grades.

According to him, "the West African Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE) commences in February, which is the second term, and finishes just the first week in the third term.

This means that the whole of the second term they lost teaching and learning to exams and they never had any teaching and learning for the third term".

This year, the general performance of all 289,210 candidates was good as compared to the previous year of 2016.

In the area of Core Mathematics, exactly 122,450 candidates scored between AI and C6 with over 56,000 failing drastically.

The situation regarding Integrated Science was worrying as close to over 76,000 candidates also failed with a terrible F9.

Also, cases of examination malpractice were not left out as WAEC revealed that the results of 185 schools have so far been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.