Former Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Michael Nsowah says he is disappointed in the performance of candidates that sat for the 2016 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Tuesday announced the 2016 WASSCE results, noting that out of the total 274,262 candidates who participated in the exams, 125,065 students obtained A1 to C6 in English Language, which is 53.19%, 59,725 (25.40%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,595 (19.82%) had F9.
For Mathematics, 77,108 (32.83%) obtained A1-C6; 65,007 (27.68%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 89,477 (38.10%) had F9. Out of 2,184 candidates who had issues with their results, 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled.
Although WAEC said this year’s performance is a significant improvement over that of 2015, various Ghanaians including the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo believe the outcome of the examination is not good news to celebrate.
“That less than half of senior secondary school certification examination had the requisite grades for the university is a very, very sad day for the development of our country,” he said.
And Mr Nsowah commenting on the results on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Friday said he was also taken aback when he learnt of the results.
“I was really shocked by the extent of failures especially in mathematics…,” he said.
According to him, the results leave much to be desired and hence argued that it was important the country concentrate on making education accessible but also improving upon the quality and management.