The Ghana Education Service (GES) has disclosed that more than 1,701 contact hours would be lost should the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is written in May/June.
Addressing the media, Director-General for GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said that to avoid such an incidence, it is holding talks with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for this year’s WASSCE to be written in September/October.
They have also proposed that the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination should be written in November.
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa explained that these dates will allow students to adequately prepare for their exit exams.
“In drawing up the all year calendar, what we took into consideration was the contact hours; contact hours for those who will be writing examination. And per our calculation, the period that they have stayed home till the period that they will be writing exams would be about 1,701 hours”
Professor Amankwa added that the marking and release of WASSCE/BECE results may delay if exams are written in October/November.
“We needed to make provision for marking and release of exam results and reopening so if we decide on October/November, it will be difficult for WAEC to release exams early enough for admissions to take place in January.”
“So, per our calculation, we have proposed September /October, and we noticed that when we use these dates, we would have covered 1,700 hours and will only be short of one-hour contact period which we can always make up for,” he added.
After the partial lockdown and restrictions due to Covid-19, continuing Senior High School (SHS) students will go back to school on January 18, 2021. First-year SHS students are expected to begin school on March 10, 2021.
Tertiary students will return to lecture halls from Saturday, January 9, 2021.
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