It has emerged that at least 97% of students who sat for the West African Senior High Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in North East region last year failed. This was disclosed by the North East regional minister Mr. Zakari Yidaana during a ceremony to hand of a dormitory facility to Wawale Vocational Training School yesterday
According to the man only 117 out of the over 5000 candidates the 11 schools in the region presented passed and this represented 3%.
“We had about 5000 students and when the results came, only 117 students passed the WASSCCE exams, that represents 3% out of 5000 students. You ask yourself, what happened to the over 4,800 students. 97% failed. We cannot do that in this region and think that we have a future”, he said.
Speaking on news @10 on TV3 last night monitored by CitizenOne, Executive Director of Institute for Educaional Studies (IES) Mr. Pater Partey Anti stated that although the national pass rate was about 60%, regional analysis painted a different picture all together. He said with exception of Upper West region, the other northern regions had been declining and last year was the worst.
He said there was the need for the education ministry and Ghana Education Service to conduct a research into the causes of this abysmal performance and put measures in place to prevent future occurrence. This he observed will help sustain the government flagship free SHS as well.
Asked if the distribution of past questions will help, Mr. Partey said he doubt if is will. He explained that last year was the first time past questions were given to students and it was the worst year.
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