Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education has asked West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates to stay away from trouble throughout the examination period and pass with distinction.
“We expect the candidates to follow instructions on the exams, stay away from trouble and examination malpractices for a successful outcome”, he said.
The Minister gave the advice on Monday when he joined a team from the Ministry to tour selected examination centres in Accra to monitor the progress of the examination.
The team visited Frafraha Community Senior High School (SHS), West African SHS and Kwabenya SHS.
After the tour, the Minister expressed satisfaction at the comportment of the candidates, saying “they are doing what we expect them to do”
Dr Adutwum wished them the best of luck and urged them to make good use of the investment made in them by their parents for a better future.
The Minister also interacted with first year students of Kwabenya SHS and advised them to be determined and form learning groups for good academic outcome.
“Life itself is a miracle, you need to pay attention and learn as a team to succeed in your endeavours. There is no short-cut to success, hard work and determination will take you to your destination”, he said.
The Minister adopted the School and promised to pay regular visits and asked the management to visit him in office to discuss the growth of the School.
Madam Rahimatu Salifu, the Headmistress of the School, said there were 381 candidates writing the examination from the School with 300 candidates from three private schools, totaling 681 at the centre.
She thanked the Minister for adopting the School and stated the readiness of the management to ensure strict supervision for effective teaching and learning.
Mrs Shine Ofori, the Headmistress of West Africa SHS, said the School registered 1,118 candidates for WASSCE and said the examination was progressing smoothly.
This year’s WASSCE took off on Monday August 16, with 446, 321 candidates across the country sitting for the examinations.
A total of 375,763 candidates sat for the examination last year.
This year’s figures include; 224,884 females and 221,437 males, with 763 supervisors and centres.
A statement issued by the West African Examinations Council indicated that 965 schools were participating in the examination out of, which 651 were public schools and 314 private schools.
It said the Ashanti Region had the highest number of candidates with 108,485 students, followed by the Eastern Region with 65,623 candidates.
The Upper West Region had the lowest representation with 9,338 candidates.
The examination, which commenced on August 16 with Project Work for Visual Arts candidates, is expected to come to an end on Friday, October 8, 2021.