Ghana to revert to May/June WASSCE
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced that Ghana will soon revert to writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in May/June of 2024.
According to the director, Ghana is gradually recovering from the learning losses based on the number of contact hours spent in the classroom.
“We are hoping that by 2024, we would have come up to the same level with the other member countries”
“That is why we said this year the calendar that we put out was a transitional calendar. We are transiting to go back to our old calendar when we start school from September/October and end in June/July the following year,” he explained.
SCHEDULE OF THIS YEAR’S WASSCE
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa has indicated that the 2022 WASSCE candidates will write their exams from August 1 to September 27, 2022. The exams will be written quite earlier like July or August for 2023.
The 2022 WASSCE will be written by Ghana alone. This is because the other countries that make up the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) — Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia are back to the May/June calendar and have scheduled May 9 to June 24, this year for their WASSCE candidates.
Prof. Amankwa explained that the WASSCE candidates will be at a disadvantage should Ghana go back to writing the exams in May/June. This he says is “because they would not have met the 1,134 contact hours”.
“So we made a case to WAEC, the issue was considered at the international level and they agreed that we write our examination outside of the others,” he explained.
“But just as the May/June and the Nov/Dec examinations are both standardized and the award systems and the processes that they go through are the same, so is our August/September WASSCE an international WASSCE examination, the only difference being that the period when it is written is different from that of the other countries.
“We believe that our insistence on contact hours is a major contributor to the performance of our students in the WASSCE so far because we make sure that they get the fullest.
In the past, they were doing about 1,080 contact hours in a year, but now they do 1,134 in a year and that, we believe, has contributed to their performance,” he added.
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