WAEC gives difference between Excellence and Distinction Awards

Excellence and Distinction Awards

As the West African Examinations Council prepares to hold the 2023 edition of the Distinction Award on June 13, 2024, WAEC has explained the difference between the two Awards (Distinction Awards and Excellence Awards) organized yearly.

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The Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, John Kapi in an interview said the Council, after conducting WASSCE for School organize the prestigious awards for prospective candidates who performed excellently in the International examination.

Excellence Awards

For the WAEC Excellence Awards, the spokesperson for the not-for-profit organisation said it is an award scheme organized for candidates from all the five member countries of WAEC who partook in the WASSCE for School.

“The Excellence Awards are meant for candidates from all the five member countries who had taken part in the examination (West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates)

Over 2 million candidates’ data are put together and then out of that we extract the top 3 and they are the ones who win the Excellence Awards,” the WAEC official said in the interview with JoyNews monitored by Thisterm.com.

Mr John Kapi said three Ghanaian students who sat for the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School picked the top three WAEC Excellence Awards held in Sierra Leone this academic year.

Distinction Awards

Explaining the Distinction Awards, Mr John Kapi said it is a country-specific award. He indicated that each member country of WAEC awards its own candidates who performed outstandingly in the WASSCE for School.

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“So what we are doing on Thursday, June 13, 2024, is simply to award our own candidates from Ghana who performed excellently in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates 2023” he noted.

Commenting on the 2023 Distinction Awards to take place at the National Theater he said the Headquarters of WAEC will award the top three candidates and the State of Ghana or WAEC-Ghana will also present awards to them.

“Besides the top three awards there are others who are receiving awards for the various programmes, we have for example the General Arts, General Science, Business and also the Technical programmes,” John Kapi told JoyNews.

WASSCE for School

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) said even though the Examinations Council examine Ghanaian candidates at a different period from other member countries for the WASSCE for School, it does not change its international standard.

“The exams that we conduct are of an International nature, despite the fact that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) writes examinations at a different time from the other countries does not make it any different.

We still maintain the international criterion of the examination. Basically, we also have the same moderators for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School examination questions.” he said.

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