The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey has advised candidates of this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to abide strictly by the rules governing the examinations to avoid punitive actions that can curtail their education.
The candidates, according to him, have a high chance of excelling in the examination if they avoid malpractices.
He further urged supervisors and invigilators to conduct themselves in a manner that would create a conducive atmosphere for the examination to proceed successfully.
The Minister was speaking in Accra yesterday during a tour of some of the examination centres.
The visit took the Minister and his entourage to the Osu Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) and Ebenezer SHS at Dansoman.
Mr Quartey told the candidates to consider the examination as the beginning of their journey towards achieving their goals and aspirations, and becoming important members of society.
“Remember a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step and today you are embarking on a journey that would make you the responsible, professional young man or woman.
I want you to believe that better days are ahead and that you have been able to reach your present status as an individual because of the tuition offered you by your teachers and our dear nation. You have a hundred percent chance of passing your exams if you obey all the rules governing your examination,” Mr Quartey stated.
The government, he explained, had made significant strides towards investment in the education sector especially in training the human capital.
This culminated in the introduction of the Free SHS Policy to ensure accessible secondary education in its different forms including technical and vocational education, he added.
He said the Regional Coordinating Council was looking forward to the 2021 Best WASSCE students emerging from the Greater Accra Region adding that he was hopeful that all of them would perform very well to enable them obtain admission to their preferred tertiary institutions.
The Minister said “I wish to urge you to exhibit discipline, dedication and commitment towards your books and focus on your studies for the short period of the examination.
Mr Quartey entreated all involved in the examinations to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols to protect themselves from any infection during the period.
Monica Ankrah, Greater Accra Regional Director of Education, noted that students and invigilators at all the centres in the region were adequately prepared for this year’s examination.
She noted that adequate security and arrangements had been put in place to create conducive environment for students, including pregnant girls to write the examination.
The Regional Minister’s visit, she said, was a welcome boost for the candidates to put up their best.
Madam Ankrah noted that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety protocols were being enforced to keep both candidates and invigilators safe.
She cautioned both teachers and students against malpractices that could disrupt the examination processes, and further advised the students to avoid mayhem and disturbances after the final paper.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS