The management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following reported concerns says it will take a second look at the 2020 WASSCE timetable for the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE for School Candidates in Ghana.
A concerned group, Africa Education Watch after studying the WAEC released WASSCE timetable for Ghana petitioned the Council to review the timetable because two elective papers for business students — Financial Accounting and Principles of Cost Accounting, are scheduled to be written on the same day, September 5, 2020, with only an hour’s break.
According to Africa Education Watch, the Council’s arrangement to conduct the two major elective subjects on the same day with only one-hour break is “strenuous” and goes against “international standards of assessments at the secondary level.”.
The Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe commenting on the issue in an interview on Citi Breakfast Show monitored by Georgeweb.org said that the concerns will be forwarded to the appropriate bodies.
“This is one of the constraints we had to work with. We are conducting the exams over a shorter period and again there are some candidates who are doing some combination which runs across programmes. So all these intricacies are needed to be taken into consideration. We are also looking at the timetable with some of the member countries that have certain subject combinations.”
The spokesperson said WAEC-Ghana in collaboration with its international timetable committee will consider the proposal and give a hearing to it despite the existing examination challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whatever concerns that have been raised will be forwarded to the international timetable committee for them to see how best we could solve that problem. I will not be able to say whatever decision will come out of it”, she said.
Africa Education Watch indicated that previous attempts by the Ghana Association of Business Education Teachers to correct this “anomaly” have been unsuccessful.
The Watch in a statement said, “Although we are not in normal time, but this certainly should not justify the imposition of such strenuous examination timetables, which are not in the best interest of the students to be examined”.
It further suggested for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to postpone the said subject papers to either Sunday 6th or Monday 7th September 2020.