- 346,098 candidates write the 2019 edition of WASSCE
- The number of candidates writing the exams have increased by 9% compared to 2018
- The public, especially candidates have been urged to be wary of persons peddling fake questions on social media
The 2019 edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) begins across the country on Monday, April 15.
According to the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), over 340,000 candidates will write the exams at 707 centers in Ghana.
For the first time, school candidates for the WASSCE will be biometrically verified before they will be allowed to enter the examination halls.
There will be exactly 346,098 candidates from 987 public and private senior high schools (SHSs) to write the practical and theory papers of the examination period.
The examination is expected to end on June 7, 2019.
The number of candidates writing this year’s examination is 9.2% higher than the 316,980 candidates who wrote it in 2018.
A statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, and issued in Accra last Friday, April 12, 2019 explained that the decision to biometrically verify the candidates before allowing them to enter the examination halls was to nip in the bud the increasing cases of impersonation recorded in school examinations in the past few years.
“The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) wishes to assure members of the public that all the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that the examination is conducted successfully."
WAEC has also urged the public, especially candidates to be wary of persons peddling fake and false questions.
“The public, especially candidates, are hereby urged to be wary of the activities of website operators who peddle fake questions on social media, presenting them as authentic papers,” it said in a statement.
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