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Regional News of Thursday, 18 April 2019


Education Director cautions teachers against providing answers to candidates

Dr Peter Attafuah, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Education has warned that teachers who would be caught assisting candidates during this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be sacked.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani that such teachers would not be retained in the region but would be giving an open release letter to look for a school in a different region.

Dr. Attafuah said the Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) was doing everything possible to ensure zero examination malpractices and would therefore not allow any teacher to tarnish the image of the region because of selfish interest.

He observed that some teachers provide candidates with answers and warned such teachers to desist from such acts and abide by the West African Examination Council’s rules and regulations governing the conduct of examination.

Dr. Attafuah advised candidates not to be deceived by anybody to rely on illegitimate questions since they could be disappointed.

He encouraged the candidates, not to panic but revise their notes since they would not be examined on anything different from what they were taught.

Dr. Attafuah advised candidates to have enough sleep because studying throughout the night could affect their concentration and performances.

He stressed the need for parents and guardians to encourage their children and wards to have the “can do spirit” to pass and move to the next level of the education ladder.

Mr. Samuel Opoku Adjei, the Regional Public Relations Officer of GES said a total of 44,697 candidates consisting of 22,176 males and 22,521 females were writing the examination but the 2018 figure was 35,554.

Mr. Adjei said 2019 had recorded an increase of 9,143 candidates from 334 private schools and 76 public schools.

But, he added the examination was being held in 99 centres across the three regions of Ahafo, Bono and Bono East under the supervision of with 1,490 invigilators.

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