Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Director of Public Affairs at the West African Examination Council (WAEC), has admitted that processes and preparations going into this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has been very challenging as a result of the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.
Speaking in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show monitored by elsieopinari.com, on Monday, she said: “In the past candidates had about seven weeks for their papers.
“This year we’ve had to work in the five weeks provided by the government due to COVID-19, we’ve however done everything to ensure a smooth exam.
She, therefore, called for the support of all stakeholders including the candidates and the media to make this year’s exams successful.
Touching on precautionary measures aiding the success of the exams, she said students would not be allowed to loiter around after their paper adding that; “They will move out in rows with no loitering, ” she said.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe urged candidates to observe the necessary protocols of wearing their mask, observing social distancing and washing their hands where necessary.
Ghana has a whole of 375, 337 candidates from both public and private schools, out of this number, 313, 837 represent public schools.
Meanwhile, the number of female students writing this year’s WASSCE outweigh their male counterparts according to the Head of the Public Affairs of WAEC.
“This year’s female candidates are 188,163 with 187, 574 being males, ” she said.
Interestingly, the Ashanti and Eastern regions have the highest number of candidates representing.
While the Ashanti region has 87, 295 candidates, the Eastern region has 56, 446 contenders.