Tertiary enrolment is low despite best WASSCE results – EduWatch

WASSCE results

Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) says despite many Senior High School students passing the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with an aggregate of A1 to C6, only a few were able to continue their education at the tertiary level.

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The Director of the Watch, Kofi Asare in a social media post sighted by Thisterm.com disclosed that out of the 422,883 candidates who sat for 2022 WASSCE only 147,285 representing 34% entered all tertiary institutions in the country.

“Some 422,883 candidates wrote WASSCE in 2022 with at least 60% scoring A1-C6 in the 4 Core subjects (WAEC, 2022). The President of the Republic announced the results as the best in 8 years, which was factual and great.

However, I just found out that only 147,285 of the 422,883 candidates (34%) entered all tertiary institutions in Ghana that year (GTEC, 2024),” the Executive Director of the Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organization stated.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Education and Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe constituency, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says the country is heading towards its gross tertiary enrollment target ratio of 40 per cent by 2023.

Speaking at the 15th Congregation, 5th session, of the University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), he said currently has a 20 per cent gross tertiary enrollment, an increment of 18 per cent in 2022, adding, “We were looking at getting to 30 per cent by 2025.”

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In an interview monitored by Thisterm.com, the Minister of Education, Yaw Adutwum attributed the 20 per cent tertiary enrollment growth to the implementation of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) introduced in September 2017.

Speaking on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo show, the Education Minister said the country’s gross tertiary enrollment ratio previously was at a standstill at 16 per cent but amid the popular free secondary education initiative it has skyrocketed.

“It is expected for a developing country to have at least 40 per cent of gross tertiary enrollment ratio. It is just last year that Free SHS increased ours to 20 per cent, South Korea is currently 96 per cent,” Dr Yaw Adutwum told Peace FM.

The Education Minister indicated it is for this good reason that President Nana Akufo-Addo introduced the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy to ensure candidates who pass the BECE continue their secondary education at no cost.

“We now have about eight years to reach that target, when Ghana’s tertiary ratio increases then we will be like the country Marituas, the country will develop and we will have more engineers,” Honourable Adutwum explained.

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