GES warns SHS Heads over students recall for WASSCE registration

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed heads of Senior High Schools not to recall final-year students currently on break back to school for the completion of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) registration.


GES directive comes after it came to its attention that some heads of government second cycle schools have recalled the students on vacation to return to campus for the registration process of the International examination (WASSCE).

“We want to say unequivocally that no student should be asked to come back to school to complete the WASSCE registration. The reason is that by the time they come back to school on 17th April, they will have enough time to be able to complete their registration

So headmasters should note that no student should be asked to come back to school because we know that some of them are living far away and are enjoying their vacations at home – so they are not expected to come back to school to complete the registration until school reopens on 17th of April,” the Director-General of GES, Eric Nkansah stated.

Addressing the press after the three teacher unions withdrew their industrial strike which started on March 20, 2024, he said once classes resume on Wednesday, April 17, students will be given sufficient time to complete the registration process.

The 2024 edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School to be conducted for only Ghanaian candidates will commence on August 5, 2024, and end on September 27, 2024, across the country.


In a blog post sighted by, the Examinations Council said that despite the difference in the period for the conduct of the examination from other WAEC member countries, the standard of the examination remains unchanged.

“Question papers are compiled by officers across the member countries. At the end of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, International Preliminary Coordination Meetings are held to finalize draft marking schemes.

Further, right after the marking exercise, the International Awards Committee meets to determine the grade boundaries for all subjects. These processes ensure that the examination written by Ghana only still maintains its International status.

The final timetable for the examination will be made available to all schools and will be on the WAEC website as well. Candidates are advised to contact their schools or visit the WAEC website for an accurate timetable,” WAEC stated.


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