Candidates of this year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) have been advised to shun practices that would undermine the integrity and credibility of the examination.
The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, who gave the caution, encouraged them to have confidence and conduct themselves properly in accordance with rules and regulations in order to ensure an incident-free examination this year.
In all, 274,255 candidates, representing a two per cent increase over last year’s figure of 268,812 have been registered from 897 senior high and technical vocational schools to write the examination at 667 centres throughout the country.
It started with the History Paper while the practical began on Monday, February 22, for some selected subjects including Visual Arts.
The examination would continue tomorrow with English Orals and end on May 13.
Speaking to the media after a visit to some centres in Accra, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said it was misplaced for students to rely on leaked questions or engage in malpractices that have the tendency to put their future and lives in jeopardy.
“Indeed, I have the confidence that you have applied yourself diligently to your studies, have used your time judiciously and ready for this examination, having prepared adequately,” she stressed.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang urged the candidates to put in their best saying “I wish you raise your spirits and remain strong while cooperating with your supervisors and invigilators to ensure a serene atmosphere throughout the period of the examinations.
She said the ministry and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had put in place stringent measures to avert any examination malpractices.
About 40 candidates sat for the History Paper at the Presbyterian Senior High School (Presec).
The Ghanaian Times observed that the Minister and Deputy Minister for Education, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, together with some officers of the ministry and the Ghana Education Service paid a visit to the school yesterday.
Other schools that were visited included, Accra Girls High School and West Africa Senior High School.
As at approximately 8 a.m, candidates of the three schools were seated waiting for the examination to commence at 8:30 a.m.
Materials for the examination from the WAEC were delivered on time to facilitate a quick start of the three-hour paper under a serene atmosphere.
The headmistress of the Presec School, Lady Queen Asiedu-Akrofi, said her school would strictly adhere to instructions from the WAEC, adding “we have impressed upon our students not to carry foreign materials to the examination hall or engage in any activity that could mar the process”.
She was optimistic that her school would perform well due to the adequate preparation made towards this year’s examination, adding “our students are always prepared enough to write the WASSCE therefore we do not compromise examination rules but we rather ensure strict compliance”.
By Charles Amankwa