Prof Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa following reports that some candidates depended on past questions to write the WASSCE has said past questions only give candidates an idea of things that are likely to come but not “Apor”.
According to some candidates who spoke to GeorgeWeb, they were asked to solve the Akufo-Addo government’s past questions procured to them as it will be repeated in the ongoing WASSCE.
The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) comments follows an incident that happened in the Kumawu-based Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School (SHS) on August 3, 2020.
The final year students of the school after writing the theory aspect of Integrated Science destroyed the school’s properties with reasons that their headmaster was too strict in his invigilation during the conduct of the examination, an act they believe will make them score F9 and fail the test.
However, Prof Opoku-Amankwa in an interview with the Accra-based Joy FM monitored by GeorgeWeb condemned the act of violence, adding that the candidates had no right to vandalize school property and call for the removal of their headmaster for being strict in his invigilation.
“I don’t think the students have that right. We don’t solve our problems through violence. So if they have any grievance, they have to channel it through the right processes but not vandalize government property”
Meanwhile, the Service (GES) in a statement urged external supervisors and internal invigilators to ensure their actions towards the prospective candidates are friendly and not to make the environment uncomfortable.
The Director-General explained that “Past questions doesn’t mean that you have to have in detail exactly what is in the past questions. It prepares you, gives you an idea of the things that are likely to come, the pattern of certain questions and how to answer them”.
He continued that “the past questions that we gave them were actually something that we worked with WAEC such that it included the Chief Examiner’s report that gives comments on how students answer questions; the ones that they answered well, the ones that they did not answer well and then things to look out for when you are answering your questions,”