2023 WASSCE students results are ‘too good to be’ true – Teachers

Ghana version

Some Senior High School (SHS) teachers following the release of the results of Senior High School candidates who sat for the 2023 edition of WASSCE say the outcomes of their students do not reflect their actual academic performance.

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The Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare in a social media post sighted by Thisterm.com for instance said an SHS teacher whose student cannot solve a linear equation question has expressed shock the candidate had an A in Mathematics.

“Since the 2023 WASSCE results were released, I have received many messages to the effect that some students do not own their results. One teacher is worried his student who cannot solve a linear equation question had an A in Mathematics

In Eduwatch and Corruption Watch’s undercover WASSCE investigation of 2021, a guardian in the Bekwai area questioned why his nephew who had an aggregate of 10 wouldn’t proceed to the College of Education or university.

The boy insisted on joining the army, even after failing to make it at first instance.

The boy’s uncle doubted his grades. Later, after pushing him, he confessed that teachers wrote for them at their centre. I still have the audio interview the Corruption Watch team had with the parent in Kokofu on my phone.

Till date, I am aware the head teachers and teachers who supervised the cheating in those schools where we did our undercover exercise are still at post.

Schools, including the private ones, are still exam centres. A Management in Living tutor at St Jerome SHS caught on video dictating answers in a big exam hall is now an Assistant Head in another school.

I also know of schools where the school heads were so firm at exam centres that the students even felt nervous; some heads wouldn’t compromise at all.

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Other heads were so principled, causing communities to demonstrate against them leading to their eventual transfer for safety reasons. Eg. Baglo Ridge SHS. (I have this video too)

While very good progress has been made to very significantly reduce (if not eliminate) question leakages with the BNI now taking over questions security at printing, there are still serious issues with exam room collusion and supervised cheating, as WAEC admits in their presentation to parliament last week.

Notwithstanding, these challenges and deficits must not take the shine off the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results. There are always many genuine ones and some bad ones.

The Ghana Education Service must strengthen its sanctions regime for teachers who participate in exam centre fraud. The current sanctions regime is not a deterrent. Outright dismissal is the way to go,” he said in the social media post.

A total of 447,204 candidates, made up of 211,834 males and 235,370 females drawn from 975 public and private Senior High Schools entered for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School.

This figure indicates an increase of 5.8% compared to the 2022 entry figure of 422,883. The WASSCE took place at 834 centres. A total of 60 subjects, comprising 4 core and 56 electives were made available to candidates to choose from.

The 2023 edition of the WASSCE for School Candidates commenced on Monday, July 31, 2023, with the Visual Art Project work. The international examination administered at 834 examination centres ended on September 26, 2023.

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