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WASSCE examinations begins


The 2016 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) began today with about 274,255 candidates writing throughout the country.

Out of the total number of candidates, 141,524 are boys and 132,731 are girls, which is an increase of two per cent compared to last year.

The examinations started with practicals for selected subjects in February, however, the written papers started today with History Elective Paper One.

The Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang and Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, visited some Senior High Schools to get firsthand information of the examinations and to wish the candidates well.

The Minister and her Deputy visited Accra Girls, West Africa and Presbyterian Boys Senior High Schools all in Accra.

Interacting with the media, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, expressed her satisfaction with the way the examinations were being conducted. She said examinations papers were submitted on time at all the schools she visited.

She described the absence of examination question leakages this year to systems that the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) has put in place to curb the leakages. She said the systems by WAEC ensured that last year’s November/December examinations were credible.

She called on parents to encourage their children to learn rather than depend on other vices to pass their examinations.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, said, no student should be turned down to write any paper for lack of payment of fees, she was however, quick to cautioned parents to ensure that their wards fees are paid in full especially, the last term of the final academic year.

The Hon. Minister noted that it is the collective responsibility of all to raise confident citizens, she therefore urged the media to be positive in their reportage, especially when they are dealing with stories concerning examinations results.

The Minister was accompanied by her Deputy, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, Mr. Enoch H. Cobinnah, Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Jacob Kor and Mrs. Elizabeth De-Souza, Director General and Deputy Director General of the Ghana Education Service as well as officials of both the Ministry and the GES. 

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