Book Publishers Blame GES… for mass failure in WASSCE

Mr Charles Aheto-Tsegah, AgMr Fauna Frimpong, Executive Secretary of Ghana Book Publishers Association (GBPA), has slammed the Ghana Education Service (GES) over the failure of some candidates in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He explained that the syllabus of the Senior High School did not make provision for students to read, resulting in their failure in the examination, especially in the English subject.

Mr Frimpong made the observation at a day’s workshop, organised by World Readers Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, for members of GBPA to promote electronic publication, in Accra on Wednesday.

It was also to strengthen the collaboration between the GES and GBPA, towards changing the works into electronic books.

Mr Frimpong said: “A survey carried out by the Ministry of Education revealed that 40 per cent of students, who participated in the WASSCE, failed because they could neither read nor write English. The situation is that reading time has been omitted from the school’s timetable.”

He said there were good and interesting publications in the system, and urged the GES and the ministry to come together and ensure reading among students.

“ Gone are the days where students were mandated to read about 10 literature books before sitting examination, but now the situation is different, hence the consistent failure of students in examination,” Mr Frimpong said.

Mr Samuel Alomenu of the Business Development of the NGO, said about 5, 740 books had been changed into electronic books, to ensure that students had access to literal materials at their leisure hours.

He said the NGO, through its project dubbed “All Children Reading”, had distributed about 1,500 devices of electronic books to some basic schools in the country.

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