According to the organisation, the season for final year students in first and second cycle institutions in Ghana to give account of their experience in school is here with once again, and that it?implore all candidates to strictly observe the laid down rules and guidelines in the conduction of the examination throughout the period.
“We again call on candidates to desist from unacceptable conduct that may have the tendency of bringing the entire credibility of the examination into disrepute.’
In a statement issued by the Youth alliance for Development, it noted that parents and guardians of the candidates must be conscious of their crucial role during the entire period, averring that such roles must be provided through motivation and provision of examination materials.
‘It is in our view that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) institute a strong mechanism to prevent leakage of examination questions which has a potential of destroying the beauty of this exercise.’
“…It is our belief that examination malpractices have a bearing on the standard of education in this country and therefore must be dealt with all seriousness.”
The NGO believes in the conduct of theoretical examinations, and indicated that there is too much emphasis on this form of examination when it comes to assessment of students, appealing to the stakeholders in the educational sector to consider other means of assessing students and stop tagging young people as failures just because of their inability to pass exams.
To the NGO, government must consider modifying the content of our education and change our mode of assessing students before considering whether it should be free or not.
It also mentioned that Ghana’s education is not career oriented and that modifying the content of our education will provide a livelihood for pupils and students who are not able to further on after the junior or senior high schools.
“We appeal to the media to use technocrats and people who understand issues in the educational sector for their radio discussions on education. We call on news editors and producers of talk show programmes to stop parading party communicators who do not have in-depth knowledge in educational issues on their programmes.”