The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has started consultations with other member countries towards a suggested timetable and the successful conduct this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), officials have said.
The Examination Council amid the outbreak of the novel virus in the country announced the suspension of timetable and postponement of the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates until further notice.
The Council however assured to communicate a new date suitable for the conduct of the annual examination to the stakeholders, general public and of course students when the situation is restored to normalcy.
The Government of Ghana had earlier announced for schools to reopen to only final year students effective June 15, 2020 as the country begins easing the coronavirus restrictions.
Madam Agnes Teye Cudjoe, the Head of Public Affairs at WAEC-Ghana told the Accra based Citi FM that “WAEC will be conducting exams for candidates who will be taking the WASCCE and the BECE [Basic Education Certificate Exams]. As of now, we are still in discussions as to whether any of the member countries will join.”
“If they are unable to reach an agreement with other member states, we will publish a timetable for Ghanaian final year students…The timetable is still at the preparatory stage so we will inform people accordingly when the timetable is ready,” she added.
The Head of Public Affairs assured that “if they don’t [arrive at a conclusion] then Ghana will go ahead and conduct the WASSCE.”
She furthered that the country is also set to conduct the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for final year students in basic schools.
She stressed that the BECE has no such concerns as it is a “Ghana only” exam adding that “It is for junior high school candidates organized locally in Ghana whilst WASSCE is standardized for senior high school candidates in West Africa”.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday May 31 directed for schools to reopen for only final year students in the country to enable them complete their academic year and sit for their final exams.
According to the Ministry of Education, final year SHS students will have six weeks for academic work, after which they will write the special ‘Ghana exams‘ to be orgainsed the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for five weeks.
On the part of the Junior High School (JHS) students preparing for the 2020 BECE, they will have 11 weeks for teaching and learning with one week period for the final examination