President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is rejoicing over the remarkable performance of students who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) this year.
In his view, the good performance of the candidates is an indication of the free senior high school policy working properly. The president launched the free SHS policy in 2017 upon assumption of office after winning the 2016 general elections.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, while commenting on the results of the 2023 WASSCE he said “Free SHS is, indeed, working!!!”
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) released the results on Monday, December 18.
“The Council will make available login details to heads of school to enable them to access the results of their candidates. The results have been hosted online and candidates who so desire may access their results at the Council’s website www.waecgh.org,” the release stated.
The Council cautioned “all its stakeholders to be wary of fraudsters who promise to upgrade results for a fee.”
The Council expressed its sincerest gratitude to stakeholders “especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, the Security Agencies, Heads of School, Supervisors, Invigilators, Examiners and all who in various ways supported it in the successful conduct of the examination and release of results.”
Speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 Monday, December 18, Dr Peter Parte Anti said “i think we have seen considerable progress as all of us are saying in the results that have been released, as you compared it to previous years.
“My only problem is that normally academics like myself do not do these kinds of analyses in a vacuum. We need not just look at the average figures that have been presented, you need to delve deeper into the data and find out how individual schools are doing and how individual students are also performing, that is the only point that you will note that the results are really what we think they are.
“We also have to look at the individual’s performance in relation to their various elective subjects. You will agree with me that you need a pass in three core subjects to be able to pursue tertiary education but at the same time, you need a pass in three elective subjects.
“So if you don’t get the pass in your electives and you are passing your core subjects it still means you will not be able to access tertiary education as you so wished to, so these are the issues we need to understand. The figures look good but let us look at the performance of individual schools and then the performance of students within these schools.”