WASSCE commences in Ghana today
West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is set to begin today, July 20, 2020.
It commences amid concerns about health protocols in place to ensure containment of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The timetable which was submitted to the Ministry of Education indicates that the examination will begin today, with Project Work for Visual Arts candidates, while the theory papers will start from August 3, 2020, until September 5, 2020, when the examination will be brought to an end with Principles of Cost Accounting and Technical Drawing.
In all, 60 subjects, made up of four core being English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies and 56 elective subjects, have been made available to the candidates and It will last for a period of five weeks.
The subjects cover the programmes offered at senior high and technical schools which includes General Arts, General Science, Business, Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, Home Economics and Technical Skills.
Since March, schools across the country were been closed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Subsequently, the country has struggled to combat the disease that has no known cure yet.
The closure of the schools was just one of the numerous decisions taken by the government to safeguard the health of all students, their teachers as well as members of the education sector.
After staying at home for close to three months, there were mixed reactions towards the closure of the schools. While some called for easing of the restrictions to allow the schools to reopen, others recommended that gradual reopening with another group also asking the government not to reopen the schools at all.
Over seventy cases and 2 deaths have been recorded so far after the President finally gave the go ahead for the opening with most being in Accra Girls SHS.
On the other side, President Akuffo-Addo extended his best wishes to the candidates.
The President in a statement admonished the importance of education to development highlighting the need to ensure continuous education in the midst of Covid-19.
“I send best wishes to the three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty seven (313,837) final year Senior High School students, who will from Monday, 20th July, take the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),” he said via Twitter on Sunday.