A total of 422,883 final-year senior high school (SHS) students across the country are partaking this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates in Ghana.

The candidates comprise 203,753 males and 219,130 females and began the examination with the practical session today, August 1.

The examination will be written in 977 schools, comprising 673 public schools and 304 private schools.

This year’s WASSCE will be written by Ghana alone because the other four-member countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) — Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia — have returned to the May/June calendar but Ghana has not.

“We made a case to WAEC, the issue was considered at the international level and they agreed that we write our examination outside of the others,” Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa explained.

He further noted that Ghana will soon revert to writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in May/June.

According to him, Ghana is doing a gradual recovery learning, based on contact hours in the classroom.

“We are hoping that by 2024, we would have come up to the same level with the other member countries.


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