The Controller of Private Candidates Examination Department – WAEC, Veronica Asante says the government’s decision to procure WASSCE past questions for students in Senior High Schools ahead of WASSCE is politically motivated.
In an interview monitored by AcademicWeek, the WAEC official said past questions are good for preparing for examinations like the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) but for this time is political.
“I can’t tell if the government of other members countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) procures past questions for their students but in Ghana, the procurement of the Pasco has been a little bit political,” she stated.
Asked why the distribution of the past questions to the WASSCE students is political, the West African Examinations Council official said: “it’s because the majority of the opposition parties in the country are against the procurement.”
“If the Akufo-Addo-led government is willing to procure the past questions and answer booklets in the interest of the final year Senior High School (SHSs) students to help them pass WASSCE then it’s not a bad idea,” Mrs Asante added.
The administrator of WAEC’s Private Candidates Examination urged the SHS final year students preparing to sit for the forthcoming WASSCE for School examination to learn their books and not rely on the government’s past questions.
“The government providing past questions does not mean they are the real questions for the WASSCE for School exams so you should rely on them, they are to help you know everything about a particular subject,” She advised.
In a related story, Deputy Minister for Education, Ntim Fordjour has said candidates who fail to return their copies of the Government of Ghana (GoG) past questions booklet will not be given clearance to receive their WASSCE results.
“This time we want the past questions booklet to be a school property, we are putting in a system in place to ensure they become a school property just like the textbooks government procures for them,” the Education Minister has said.
The Reverend Minister for Education in an interview said Heads of Senior High Schools (SHS) and teachers have been tasked to ensure students who do not return the books after sitting the examination are not given their clearance.