Concerned education groups, Education think tank and Africa Education Watch has called on the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to review the timetable for the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates.
The group’s calls follow two major subject papers to be written by the business students on the same day with only an hour break on the ending day of the examination.
According to the 2020 WASSCE timetable business students will on September 5, 2020 sit for Financial Accounting and Principles of Cost Accounting with only an hour break.
In the view of the Africa Education Watch the Council’s decision for the two major elective subjects to be written on the same day for as long as 6 and half hours, with only one-hour break is “strenuous” and goes against “international standards of assessments at the secondary level.”
It said that previous attempts by the Ghana Association of Business Education Teachers to correct this “anomaly” have been unsuccessful.
“We may not be in normal times, 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. We are, therefore, calling on WAEC to review the timetable by postponing the said paper to either Sunday 6th or Monday 7th September 2020,” a statement from Africa Education Watch suggested.
The Examination Council earlier suspended the WASSCE timetable and postponed the conduct of the 2020 WASSCE amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has claimed at least 145 lives in the country.
The Council announcing the postponement of the conduct of the WASSCE examination said a new timetable will be made available to the general public and stakeholders.
However, the Africa Education Watch after studying the timetable has petitioned WAEC to review the timetable saying it is is “strenuous” and goes against “international standards of assessments at the secondary level.”