The Ghana Education Service (GES) has made advanced plans for all continuing students (Forms One and Two) to vacate by April 13 to enable the unusually large number of candidates who will write the 2013 May-June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to have ample room for the examination.
This year, the last batch of the four-year SHS students under the 2007 educational reform policy will write the WASSCE with the first batch of the three-year SHS students following the reversal of the duration of SHS education from four to three years in 2010.
A total of 409,832 candidates, the highest number so far in the history of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), from 724 public and private schools will write the exam.
The Deputy Director-General of the GES, Mr Stephen Adu, who made this known to the Junior Graphic, said that arrangements made was to enable the candidates to have enough classrooms to write their papers and also have adequate teachers to act as supervisors and invigilators during examination.
Mr Adu explained that although the number of candidates was large, measures were being put in place to ensure that both the Forms Three and Four students would complete their syllabi before the start of the examination.
He added that all things being equal, the continuing students would return to school from May 15 to continue with their academic work.
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In spite of the large number of candidates, WAEC has also made adequate preparations to host the examination successfully across the country.
The Head of Test Administration at WAEC, Mr Felix Akuffo-Badoo, explained that the level of the examination would be the same for the two streams of candidates and warned that schools that would be found to have engaged in any examination malpractice would be derecognised by the council to serve as a deterrent to others.
Mr Akuffo-Badoo said the practical subjects would start in March while the theory aspect of the examination would begin on April 9, 2013. The last paper would be written on May 17, 2013.
Story by Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah