Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WASSCE ongoing amdist drama

The 2013 May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is ongoing, amidst drama.
While majority of the candidates who wrote the Oral English last Tuesday had no problem with the recording, a few claimed the sound was not audible enough.
In almost all the senior high schools (SHSs) visited, the candidates were divided into batches to enable them to write the Oral English. For instance, at the Labone SHS, where 1,241 candidates wrote the paper, they were divided into five groups, while Accra High School, which had 900 candidates, had five groups.
 St Thomas Aquinas SHS, with 862 candidates, had four groups of 230 candidates each.
The Integrated Science paper, which was written on Wednesday, April 10, saw candidates occupying the examination halls and classrooms in the various centres due to the large number of candidates writing the paper.
Some heads of SHSs also used the examination as an opportunity to demand school fees from students who owed.
However, that action by some of the heads compelled the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, Mr Enoch Hemans Cobbinah, to warn the heads not to prevent any candidate from writing the WASSCE because he or she owed school fees.
The director, in an interview, said, "Any attempt to prevent any candidate from writing the examination on account of the fact that he or she owes the school will constitute an infringement of the law."
About 195 students of the Kollege SHS at Darkuman, Accra also descended on their school last Wednesday just before the start of the Oral English paper, accusing the authorities of the school of failing to register them for the WASSCE.
The irate students set the director’s car ablaze and also destroyed several school property, including computers.
The Director of the school, Mr Ato Abraham, had to be arrested by policemen from the Odorkor Police Station who were on the school compound to restore order.
This year's WASSCE began on Tuesday, April 9 with 409,753 candidates from 724 public and private SHSs across the country.
In all, 220,866 males and 188,881 females are writing the examination, which is being written simultaneously in four other English-speaking West African countries —  Nigeria, Liberia, The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
This year’s examination has the highest number of candidates from the two batches of final-year SHS students, with the last batch of four-year SHS students under the 2007 educational reform policy writing the examination with the first batch of three-year SHS students following the reversal of the duration of SHS education from four to three years in 2010.

Candidates region by region
The Ashanti Region is presenting the highest number of candidates, 102,906, made up of 54,561 males and 48,345 females, followed by the Eastern Region, which is presenting 64,201 candidates, comprising 31,975 males and 32,226 females.
Greater Accra has 44,731 candidates, made up of 23,596 males and 21,135 females, while Central has 43,655 candidates, comprising 23,047 males and 20,608 females.
Volta is presenting 35,856 candidates, of which 19,994 are males and 15,862 females.
The rest are: Brong Ahafo, 35,692 candidates (19,503 males and 16,189 females); Northern, 31,645 (19,872 males and 11,773 females); Western, 29,692 (15,848 males and 13,844 females); Upper East, 12,691 (7,287 males and 5,404 females) and Upper West, 8,678 (5,183 males and 3,495 females).

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