The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church has announced to register church members partaking the ongoing West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination who refused to write a subject paper scheduled on Saturday for the WASSCE for Private candidates popularly known as Nov/Dec.
A candidate in a radio interview disclosed that some Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church members boycotted the Asante Twi WASSCE paper which was administered on Saturday, August 8, 2020, in respect of Sabbath Day.
The leadership of the church, when contacted about the final year student’s decision, explained that the prospective candidates were abiding by their faith, adding that “the church has decided to absorb the fees of their Nov/Dec registration.
According to the SDA church, it urged the non-profit-making organization responsible for the conduct of the examination and Ghana Education Service (GES) to exempt its members from the Saturday paper but there was no proper response.
The spokesperson for the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) speaking with Asempa FM’s Dr Solace Asafo on Ekosii Sen programme monitored by GeorgeWeb on Tuesday said the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) after several meetings with the Church has agreed not to conduct any of the WASSCE for Private candidates subject papers on Saturday.
“We are not under a theocracy so we can only plead their cause for our students, so that the church will pay the Nov/Dec registration fees for those who failed to write will have another chance,” she added.
The spokesperson, however, disclosed some SDA students wrote their papers on a Sabbath Day.
“The church will tell you what the Bible tells us about the Sabbath Day but we can’t force you to abide by it. It’s just like the 10 Commandments yet people still sin,” she explained.