According to Kwabina Sam, an administrator of a Facebook group called “GES recruitment Forum”, the government admitting BECE graduates with aggregate 40 and above in the name of Free SHS into Senior High Schools is the result of what is happening currently in the ongoing WASSCE for school candidates.
The administrator commenting of reports of examination malpractices in the ongoing examination said “Examination Malpractice and over-reliance on apor have been happening from time immemorial. But we never see or hear students complaining, demonstrating, vandalizing and insulting authorities over strict invigilations or ‘apor swerves’. Even in most cases, when students come out of the exam hall, they feel shy to tell you that they couldn’t write well and only pretend as if everything went well”.
He continued that “I blame the system now. When you admit aggregate 40+ students into SHS and discourage the heads from repeating them when they fail end-of-semester exams, what do you expect? A student decides that he will never do exercises and assignments and the teacher has nothing to do because he has been warned not to cane any student. Nothing drives the student to be serious because he knows he can’t be repeated even when he fails his exam”.
“In fact, the government’s intention of trying to impress everyone by making SHS free for both serious and non-serious students will not help. I think SHS should be free for only those who are serious to learn. I mean government should set clear cut-offs for free SHS. The huge sums of money wasted on those unserious students could be used for other developmental projects”, he noted.
He further suggested that “the government should be bold to direct the heads to repeat any non-performing student at any point in time. Parents to pay the fees of any child who get repeated”.
“I’m sure that if students fear that they may be repeated if they don’t get serious and parents fear that the government is not going to take care of the child’s educational cost if he fails his exams, students will begin to study harder whilst parents become responsible by ensuring that their wards study”, he added.