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Minister suggests periodic meeting with WAEC

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has expressed his desire to hold periodic meetings with senior officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), to deliberate on issues pertaining to test development and administration.

Adding that results of examinations conducted by WAEC must reflect the necessary measures put in place before and during the conduct of the examination.

This came to light when a five-member delegation, led by Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, Registrar to Council. Other members included Very Reverend S. N. Ollennu, Head of National Office; Ms. Jemima Vanderpuije, Ag Head of Test Administration; Mr. Carter Osafo, Ag Head of Test Development and Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs called on the Minister.

The Minister reiterated that government was redefining basic education to include Senior High School (SHS), beginning from kindergarten. He emphasised that Junior High School should be a transition to SHS and not an exit point.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh noted that space is being created for as many people to have access to technical, vocational and agriculture education. The caliber of those entering colleges of education should be very high to come out as quality and professional teachers.

He hinted of an engagement with officials of WAEC in a conversation towards test development and administration on technical, vocational and agriculture.

The Minister asked the examination body to have a second look at timing of examinations, especially BECE to ensure that the admission process does not eat into the academic calendar.

He told his guests that their organization was in a unique position to give all registered candidates unique index numbers.

He requested WAEC to ensure that the Chief Examiners’ reports reach all heads of SHSs to enable them discuss the report with their teachers and students.

Dr. Uwadiae, informed his host that the examination body is made up of five countries namely The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

According to him, at the national level, individual countries run their own programmes with financial support from headquarters.

The Registrar of Council also said the position of Council chairman rotates among the five member countries, its current chairperson is from Liberia and her term will expire in 2018.

He informed that WAEC operates a committee system including Administration and Finance, Appointments and the Examinations Committees at both international and national levels. In each country, there is a national Committee to which all Local Committees report.

Dr. Uwadiae disclosed that WAEC has commenced the process of creating unique numbers for BECE candidates which they will use for three years at the SHS.

 


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