The Ministry of Education (MoE) has refuted claims that the Akufo-Addo administration is doing all that it takes to pass the first batch of his Free SHS beneficiaries who are currently sitting for the ongoing WASSCE.
Majority of Ghanaians especially the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) believes the Akufo-Addo led government has over pampered the prospective candidates too much that they do not even respect him, the President.
Their allegations comes after some 13 final year SHS students were dismissed and barred by the Ghana Education Service (GES) from writing the ongoing WASSCE for their misconduct and indiscipline acts towards persons associated with the conduct of the examination.
Final year students of the Kumawu-based Tweneboa Kodua in a protest against their headmaster vandalised the school property whilst their colleagues at the Bright Senior High School also assaulted and smash phones of WAEC officials supervising the conduct of the examination.
President Akufo-Addo on behalf of the Akufo-Addo graduates petitioned the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reconsider its decision and permit the candidates to continue with the rest of their remaining subject papers.
The Education Service in response to the President’s appeal announced that the 13 dismissed students can continue writing WASSCE but under terms and conditions.
Debunking rumours “in doing that it takes” to pass the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) beneficiaries, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Education, Kwesi Obeng Fosu said the government’s procured past questions was to prepare them for their examination and not ‘apor’
The spokesperson in an interview on Happy 98.9 FM’s Epa Hoa Daben political talk show indicated that the past questions have the examiners remark which is an important aspect in the preparation phase of any examination
According to him, the acts of violence by the students were not a result of their frustration from the supposed ‘apor’ the government provided as past questions which never appeared in their questions.
“The kids clearly stated that they acted violently because of the strict invigilation. And some also disclosed that they bought some ‘apor’ which failed them.”
He questioned the critics of the government, “How can the gov’t which supposedly supplies answers to students tighten invigilation? We are not cutting corners as a government.”