Akufo-Addo attacks Mahama for challenging credibility of WASSCE results

Source The Ghana Report

President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed disappointment in former President John Mahama for challenging the credibility of the recent West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination results.

It will be recalled that the NDC flagbearer in 2023 alleged that some invigilators were not strict enough, allowing teachers to assist students in answering questions hence the high numbers of students passing the exams.

John Mahama’s comment followed the remarks of Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum indicating that the 2023 results were the best since 2015.

Mahama argued that cheating compromises the quality of education, stating, “You certify these children saying they are of this standard either the BECE or WASSCE, and that child will use that certificate, go abroad to a school, and they will find out that your qualification is not up to the standard you say it is”.

However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo speaking at the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, dismissed Mahama’s criticism as lacking merit.

The President revealed that from 2020 to 2023, more than 50% of candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects, indicating a significant improvement in education quality.

“It is a pity though that the sad nature of aspects of contemporary Ghanaian politics drove some otherwise allegedly responsible people including your former President and current NDC Presidential candidate to question the integrity of the results happily without any foundation and to attribute these results to cheating.

“Students of Wesley Girls High School, do you cheat in examinations? This loud no will send a strong message to those who expressed these unfortunate, misguided sentiments”.

“The WASSCE results of the students I proudly call the Akufo-Addo graduates have shown that the quality of education has not deteriorated but on the contrary, it has improved significantly. The results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 are the only years in the past decade that show that more than 50% of the candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects,” he added.

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