As the Ghana version of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School commence, the West African Examinations Council has given a regional breakdown of the 2023 WASSCE candidates in the country.
In an interview with the Dialy Graphic newspaper, an official of WAEC said a total of 447,204 candidates, comprising 211,834 boys and 235,370 girls will sit for the Ghana version of the examination at 834 centres across the country.
“The total candidature represents an increase of 24,321 over last year’s candidature of 422,883. final-year students from 975 second-cycle schools will participate in the exams written for the second time in Ghana,” she said.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey told Graphic her outfit has tasked a total of 834 supervisors, 2,243 assistant supervisors and 14,907 invigilators to supervise the 2023 national examination.
The 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination statistics sighted by AcademicWeek.com indicates Ashanti Region presented the highest number of candidates thus 107,061, representing 51,404 males and 55,657 females.
The Ahafo, Bono and Bono East regions together would have the second-highest number of candidatures of 65,731, comprising 31,341 males and 34,390 females.
Eastern Region comes third in place with 60,516 candidates – 28,120 males and 32,396 females, while the Central Region, with some of the top second-cycle schools, has 54,084 candidates involving 24,520 males and 29,564 females.
Forty-two thousand three hundred and thirty-eight candidates (19,705 males and 22,633 females) would participate in the examination in the Greater Accra Region, while the Volta and Oti regions would jointly present 37,594 candidates; 18,408 males and 19,186 females.
In the case of the Western and Western North regions, 32,705 candidates would sit for the WASSCE. Moreover, 25,295 candidates (13,297 males and 11,998 females) are expected to participate in the examination in the Northern, North East and Savannah regions.
The entry figures of the candidates also showed that 13,826 (6,370 males and 7,456 females) students would write the examination in the Upper East Region. The Upper West Region would have 8,054 candidates (3,836 males and 4,218 females).
Just like last year, Ghanaian candidates will not write the 2023 WASSCE with member counties of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) since they have returned to the May/June calendar and had conducted their WASSCE.
Per the timetable for the 2023 WASSCE candidates, the Ghana version of the international examination will end on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, with Literature-In-English (Drama & Poetry), Jewellery and Woodwork.