Educationist, Nii Armah Addy, believes that the adoption of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Exam (WASSCE) to grade Senior High School students over what they have studied over their three year period in school is the reason for the high level of examination malpractice among them.
His comments come on the back of agitations by some SHS students siting for this year’s WASSCE exam over the inability to engage in exam malpractice during the exam.
These students in various schools across the country are livid of the high level of strictness by invigilators and the 1.5-meter gap between seats in the exam hall.
The angry students have held protests and have damaged school properties in the process.
Other have even gone to the extent of physically attacking WAEC officials.
Nii Armah Addy, speaking on Campus Exclusive, explained that the such students, who will want to engage in exam malpractice during the WASSCE exam, have such a motive as it was the only window for them to make good grades.
He believes that if a continuous mode of assessment is adopted to grade the overall performance of students, then they will do their endeavor to study even whilst in school.
“We have to follow national best practices and I am saying that developed countries including the UK and everywhere are putting less emphasis on sit down exam and is becoming a continues assessment so that all semester or all year round, the students are serious. If he knows that if I fail this particular paper I’m finished then they will find ways and means. But if he knows that the five marks he makes in that quiz, the two marks he earns in that assignment, the one mark he earns in attendance etc. all goes together in making a whole, the student will shape up,” he said
The Educationist added that:
“We have to go back to our policies again and those continue assessments must not be left to the schools where they will massage in order to make their school look good because their students passed. We need more hands in the education sector, all those guidance and counselling we need those pastoral cares in our schools, we need those things that help in making holistic education. We shouldn’t do it anyway and anyhow and expect to get a good result”. He said
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service has dismissed fourteen (14) of such students from various schools and has barred them from partaking in the ongoing WASSCE examination.
In a statement signed by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, he indicated that students who are in Senior High Schools where violence occurred will be surcharged with the cost of damage.
He warned that failure by the students to pay the cost of damage would result in the withholding of their WASSCE results
Also, three teachers have been interdicted by the Ghana Education Service and barred from invigilating the ongoing WASSCE as “they are further being referred to the security agencies for further investigation” over their role in the recent violent activities in Senior High Schools.
Story by: Elizabeth Lebene | universnewsroom.com