Consider People With WASSCE Grades D7, E8 For Pursuing Higher Education

Policy Rejecting Applicants With Wassce Grades D7 and E8 From Pursuing Higher Education Extremely Worrying


Somewhere in August 2012, the ministry of education cautions that tertiary institutions that do not follow the applicable entry requirements to admit students will have their accreditation revoked.

Consequently, the ministry directs the national Accreditation board (NAB) to publicize in consonance with the Tertiary Education Accreditation and Establishment Regulation (LI1984 2010), the applicable entry requirements to all tertiary education institution in the country.

Amongst this regulation were that candidates with grades D7 and E8 should not be admitted into any of the country’s tertiary institutions be it private or public. The order followed an audit inspection conducted by the board and the students who were at various levels were admitted with only proficiency certificates in computer studies and other courses.NAB, thus ordered some private universities to withdraw such students with grade D7 and E8 in one core subjects or elective subject.

Three categories of such students were identified. These are Higher National Diploma(HND)students without the requisite passes in the core SSCE/WASSCE subjects especially English and Mathematics .Mature subjects and others with qualifications not recognizes for purposes of admission to the nation’s tertiary education system. These students took the matter to court and won. The court however directed those universities to help organize remedial classes for such students to help them make those grades and also to organize classes for the affected students to catch up with their peers. End results was total waste of time and scare resources.

The question is why candidates with D7and E8 be prevented from accessing tertiary education whiles West African Examination Council (WAEC) recognizes those grades as passes?

In South Africa a students who does not intend studying science related course, can enter the University to purse tertiary education without studying mathematics. After all what is the use of allowing a candidate with C6 in all subjects -3 core and 3 electives (Aggregate 36)-per the current with 5-A1’s and D7 or E8 (Aggregate 12or 13)or preventing another with5 –B2’s and 1 D7 or E8(Aggregate 12or 13)from accessing higher Education.

I honestly have the strongest convictions that as nation we need to enhance much on dimensions, talents and potentials that are engraved in a person and as a county if we are bent on embarking on massive developments and reconstruction, we need to harness and unearth these endowments and talents in everybody especially the youth. Restricting and obstructing them by refusing them entry into tertiary institution just because of grade D7 or E8 does not really augur well and leaves much to be desired and therefore needs to be considered and consequently revoked that policy.

These denied prospective candidates eventually become very incensed ,peeved and distraught and some of them channel their energies and strengths into social vices like prostitution ,armed robbery, street hawkers, internet fraud or scammers in a bid to eke out a living as well.

Moreover due to this insanity policy has turned as a beast haunting youth and also yielded to numerous remedial schools which are not promoting the education system in Ghana. Such candidates find it difficult getting funds to register for those re-sit papers. This doesn’t augur well for the development and prosperity that we all dream of. I am therefore imploring and beseeching the ministry of education, national accreditation board and national council of tertiary education to revive their decision so that the countless number of prospective but incapacitated and vulnerable students who had D7and E8 can be given the platform to showcase their potentials that will eventually inure to the benefit of mother Ghana.

Subsequently, is ridiculous and pathetic to block a candidate from less endowed or remote area from pursing tertiary education, with fewer facilities, lack of teachers, but eagerly forced themselves in leaning to attain such grades. Also, as in this current era of admission requirements the then SSCE was and now accepted from grade A, B, C, D.

With this policy has rendered numerous senior high school leavers not being able to pursue higher education in our universities. These candidates have therefore resorted to pursuing tertiary programs in colleges of education, nursing training and polytechnics against their interest.

This situation has adversely affected the productivity of the nation in the wider view since the graduate that are churned out tend to work in fields devoid of their interest, and do not give their all for optimal productivity.We must begin to analyze and confer critically, evaluate our policies before instituting or implementing them.


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  1. Hope giving post,so has the ministry considered offering admission to candidates with e8?….pls reply as soon as possible “wanna”enroll for JAMB pls.

  2. We are appealing to the government to do something about the D7 and the E8. If it’s not a pass mark then wacce should stop making it pass mark.

  3. Comment:we are appealing to the government to accept D7,E8 in tertiary institutions

  4. It is a cheat to allow someone with six c6 and deny someone with five b3 and a d7 from accessing tertiary institution in Ghana. So I’m pleading with the government to help we the youth

  5. Is a fact what is the difference between some one with d7 f9s who cannot go to school, because the d7 is pass while f9 is a fail but the d7 cannot go to school in fact is painful, please government should do something about the d7.

  6. Comment: I had d7 in science, d7 in English, e8 in maths, twi b3, crs c6, government c6. Can apply for the training college?

  7. I had 4bs and 3cs but one d7 ei.maths .am pleading with e gov’t to accept d7,cause e 2017 waccse maths questions were not easy ,so please accept d7 in maths

  8. Is better Waec should stop grading d7 and e8 as pass because it seems to be useless. They should grade it as fail marks because is not regarded at the various tertiary institutions. Please if i could ask now, what is essence of the d7′ and the e8 as pass?

  9. Comment:Even People with grade Fs still take them to school. Grade Fs should not be taken as fail because it is a qualified grade for some institution.

  10. In fact my brothers and sisters here have said it all. D7 and E8 shouldn’t be shown on the results slip as pass marks. They must take them out and make it clear that if you get F9 you have failed. period!

    I completed 4 years ago and because of D7 in maths am still at home which kind of wicked country is this.

  11. Very true,l have been in the house for five years all because l had e8 in maths, infact,our education system is very poor and they should do something about it as a nation,what kind of Nation is this?,Depriving her own youth in education and in talents that can help this country, pls do something about it for God sake, because e8,d7 is just a grade,having pass doesn’t mean you can’t pursue higher education,I am even said, just e8 still in the house

  12. Very true ,l have been in the house for five years all because l had e8 in maths and is very painful, infact,Ghana our education system is very poor and they should do something about it for God sake, what kind of country is this, Depriving her own youth not pursuing higher education due to d7 & e8 ,who can help this country in so many ways, d7 & e8 is just a grade ,kindly do something about it,because some youths are suffering for this.

    • Hmmm!! I also had
      Maths- A1
      Pls can I get admission to the college of education , for primary course

  13. i had
    english f9
    social f9
    science c5
    maths c5
    government b3
    econs c6
    geography e8
    french c4
    can i go to any of the university or fire fighter,nursing

    • Everyone is begging for d7 n e8 to be acceptable ND u have two fs ND u are still mad at it buh Mr. President of the republic of Ghana ND the minister of education please hear our plead ND accept d7 n e8 in the tertiary pls

  14. I have been in d hse fr d past 5 yrs all bcus I had D7 in only mathematics .I had 4bs & 3cs. I’m pleading with d President & minister of education to consider D7 in tertiary institutions

  15. Hmmm Am even sad
    I had
    Please tell me if i can apply for general nursing

  16. Comment: The government is the cause of many robbery in the country. If you are not ready to change the education system then be ready for attack by the youth. your daughters and sons are all schooling abroad while you have strict in our system.God will ask you people for our live. just be at the office the right time will come

  17. Gosh I just checked my waec reult I passed excellently but 1subject which is Chemistry was a poor pass D7 don’t know it is accepted and am going for a chemistry course guys I need comments help out

  18. This admission requirement is really nonsense and needs to be reviewed.
    Someone can have admission with F9 in science and C6 in social studies but not D7 in maths and A1 in social studies.

  19. Pls the government should help cos it’s not right to deny someone who passed in all subject but had a D7 in maths..its not right since the person wouldn’t do anything pertaining to maths