Former President John Mahama’s denial of the legitimacy of the most recent West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination results has been criticised by President Akufo-Addo as regrettable.
The former president, who is now the NDC’s 2024 flagbearer, claims that some invigilators unwind at work so that instructors can help pupils with their questions.
This comes after Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, declared that the results for this year are the best since 2015.
In a lot of countries, kids are allowed to cheat. You visit areas where the teachers are collaborating with the pupils to engage in cheating. Later, the impact will be observed, Mr. Mahama stated.
The former President, who was on his “Building Ghana Tour”, stressed that the development will have dire consequences on the country’s educational system in future.
“You certify these children saying they are of this standard either the BECE or SSCE and that child will use that certificate, go abroad to a school and they will find out that your qualification is not up to the standard you say it is”.
But addressing the 187th speech and prize-giving day at the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, President Akufo Addo said the criticism lacks merit.
“Contrary to the normal experience, the large excess and improved quality have gone hand in hand. Long may this continue.
“It is a pity though that the sad nature of aspects of contemporary Ghanaian politics drove some otherwise allegedly responsible people including your former President and current NDC Presidential candidate to question the integrity of the results happily without any foundation and to attribute these results to cheating.
“Students of Wesley Girls High School, do you cheat in examinations? This loud no will send a strong message to those who expressed these unfortunate, misguided sentiments.”
The president also indicated that the outcome of the 2023 WASSCE results shows the quality of tuition under the free senior high school program.
“The WASSCE results of the students I proudly call the Akufo-Addo graduates have shown that the quality of education has not deteriorated but on the contrary, it has improved significantly.
“The results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 are the only years in the past decade that show that more than 50% of the candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects,” he stressed.