Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa after the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the academic calendar has said 2024 WASSCE for School will be administered in the usual May/June.
Speaking on UTV’s Mpu ne Mpu show monitored by AcademicWeek, he said the Ministry of Education is working closely with stakeholders for the country to switch from conducting WASSCE in August/September to May/June.
“That is why we said this year the calendar that we put out was a transitional calendar. We are transiting to go back to our old calendar when we start school from September/October and end in June/July the following year,” he told UTV.
The 2024 West African Senior School Certificate Examination date comes after the management of the West African Examinations Council announced Ghana will write the 2022 WASSCE or School with other member countries.
Head of National Office – WAEC, Addy-Lamptey in an interview with the Daily Graphic newspaper said the member countries Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia conducted their WASSCE SC from May 9 to June 24, this year.
“The four countries have had their academic calendars streamlined to enable them to write the examination in May/June, as Ghana sticks to the ‘new normal’ calendar occasioned by the COVID pandemic in 2020,” she told Graphic.
The West African Examinations Council official noted notwithstanding the late sitting, Ghanaian candidates will still compete for the National Distinction Award and the WAEC Excellence Award with candidates from those countries.
“Our candidates will still compete for the National Distinction Award and the WAEC Excellence Award, which is normally competed for by all candidates in the five-member countries,” Wendy Lamptey told the newspaper.
The Head of the Ghana National Office of WAEC explained that Ghana could not join the other four member countries in the conduct of their just-ended WASSCE for School amid the change from trimester to system academic calendar.
“The time was too short and the candidates would not have adequately prepared for the examination and so the Ministry of Education (MoE) requested that it be conducted for them in August and September 2022.
“Following that, Ghanaian candidates will write a Ghana-only version of the WASSCE for School Candidates, starting from August 1, 2022, and ending on September 27, 2022,” the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) staff stated.