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Double-track system proved right, more qualify for tertiary education

More of the pioneer students of the double-track school calendar introduced in year 2018, who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have qualified for tertiary education, showing that the much vilified, education intervention was after all, a very good thing.

The system allowed large numbers of students to have access to senior high school, but this did affect the quality of teaching and learning.

Provisional results released by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) show that there were improvements in the performance of the candidates in grade A1 to C6 in Integrated Science and Social Studies compared with the 2020 results.

There was however, a slight decline, regarding English Language and Mathematics (core).

Two hundred and thirty-eight thousand, eight hundred and nineteen (238,819) candidates, who wrote the 2021 examination, representing 54.08 per cent, scored between the grades of A1 and C6, in the English Language.

For Mathematics, 238,539 candidates scored between A1 and C6, and this represents 54.11 per cent and for Integrated Science, 289,329 candidates, representing 65.70 per cent, scored between A1 and C6.

Two hundred and ninety thousand, five hundred and forty-five (290,545) passed Social Studies, scoring between grades A1 and C6, representing 66.03 per cent.

In the previous year’s WASSCE (2020), 52.53 per cent of the candidates scored between grade A1 and C6 in Integrated Science, that of Social Studies was 64.31 per cent scored between A1 and C6.

For English Language, 57.34 per cent of the candidates scored between A1 and C6, while in Mathematics (Core), 65.71 per cent of them scored between A1 and C6.

Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), is hailing the performance of the candidates and has described the double-track school calendar as a game changer.

In the year 2015, the aggregate percentage pass of A1 to C6 in the core subjects stood at 40.93 per cent.

This rose to 46.91 per cent 46.91, in year 2016 and hit 47.33 per cent in year 2017.

The aggregate percentage pass in the core subjects has continued to see significant progress – 52.17 per cent, in year 2018, 62.90 per cent, in 2019, 60 per cent, in 2020 and 60 per cent in 2021.

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English WAEC WASSCE West African Examinations Council West African Senior School Certificate Examination


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