Ghana to write 2022 WASSCE alone
The West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which will be administered from August 1 to September 27, 2022, will only accept applications from Ghanaians going forward.
This is due to the fact that the other four West African Examinations Council (WAEC) members, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia, have switched back to the May/June calendar and this year’s WASSCE was administered to students in those countries from May 9 to June 24.
Due to Ghana adhering to the “new normal” calendar brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the academic calendars of the four countries have been shortened to allow them to write the exam in May or June.
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Despite the late sitting, applicants from Ghana will still face off against those from other nations for the National Distinction Award and the WAEC Excellence Award.
According to Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey, head of the Ghana National Office of WAEC, “our candidates will still compete for the National Distinction Award and the WAEC Excellence Award, which is typically contended for by all candidates in the five-member nations.”
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic, Mrs. Addy-Lamptey revealed that this year, due to the new semester structure, candidates were unable to sign up for the exam because the country’s academic year began on February 7.
She clarified that the candidates would not have enough time to complete the WASSCE in May or June given the start of the 2022 academic year.
“The Ministry of Education requested that it be conducted for them in August and September 2022 since the time was too short and the candidates would not have fully studied for the exam.
“Following from that, Ghanaian candidates will write a Ghana-only version of the WASSCE for School Candidates, starting from August 1 and ending on September 27,” she explained.
Mrs. Addy-Lamptey noted that fraudulent website owners and con artists had already obtained copies of previous WASSCE 2022 exam questions that had been given in the other member nations and were using those copies to promote their websites.
“Some have demanded that applicants pay a fee to register. We want to make sure that our citizens are aware that the exam being administered has completely unique questions and parallel questions from the exams given in the other member countries, she emphasized.
Although the questions would undoubtedly be of the same level of difficulty, the Head of the National Office of WAEC stated that “all post-examination arrangements will be handled worldwide.”
She said, “For instance, there will be representatives from the five member countries at the Standard Fixing and Grading Awards meetings.
After the extended closing date of April 8, 2022, 422 883 candidates from 977 schools enrolled for the WASSCE.
72 candidates with visual impairments—39 men and 33 women—as well as 14 candidates with hearing impairments were included in the entry figure.
A total of 60 disciplines, including 56 electives and four core subjects, would be given to potential applicants, according to Mrs. Addy-Lamptey.
“In addition to the four core subjects that all candidates write, candidates have the option to select up to a maximum of four elective subjects from the seven programmes offered in senior high schools,” she further explained.
In order to meet the necessary security requirements, she assured that “such facilities have been inspected and the necessary fortification and refurbishment works are being done.” She went on to explain that the council used designated facilities (depots) for the storage of confidential materials in the various communities.
According to her statement to the Daily Graphics, “this year, there are more depots to shorten the time needed to get the question papers from the depots to the test centers, pushing the depots closer to the examination centers.”
In a separate interview, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, Director-General of the Ghana Educational Service (GES), emphasized that because the nation was undergoing a period of recovery learning, it was not possible to immediately resume the May/June timetable.
He explained that due to Ghana’s strict requirements for candidate contact hours, the May/June timeframe could not be quickly returned to given the start of the 2022 academic year.
According to him, “we made sure that we did not lose contact hours, therefore we estimated the number of contact hours that had to be done within a certain year” when Ghana switched from a single track to a double track.
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Therefore, it was determined that we would complete 1,134 contact hours during a specific year. When we ran the numbers right after the COVID-19, we realized that the earliest time we could retake the exam was sometime in August or September. So, right away after the COVID-19, we did that calculation.
“However, the other nations made the decision to go ahead of us for whatever reason. After the exam in 2021, they reopened schools significantly sooner than February and switched back to the previous system right away. However, we did our computation using our recovery time and then our contact hours, according to Prof. Opoku-Amankwa.
Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic epidemic in 2020, WAEC member countries were compelled to move the WASSCE from May/June to July 20 to September 5, 2020, and in 2021, the test was given from August 16 to October 8.
To return to the May/June timetable for the exam after 2021, all of the other member nations made an effort to streamline their academic calendars.