2020 WASSCE: Over 300,000 students begin exam today

2020 WASSCE: Over 300,000 students begin exam today

- 375,737 candidates from 976 schools will be writing the examination

- The students will be writing 60 subjects

- President Akufo-Addo has extended best wishes to students who will be taking the WASSCE

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Final year senior high school students across the country will begin the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ghana today.

In all, over 375,737 candidates will sit the examination in various subjects. Out of the figure, about 188,163 are females while the remaining 187,573 are males.

The majority of students (313,837) sitting exams are the first batch of students who enrolled in the Akufo-Addo Free Secondary High School policy.

2020 WASSCE: Over 300,000 students begin exam today
2020 WASSCE: Over 300,000 students begin exam today. Source: Graphic.com.gh
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61,900 of the candidates are, however, private school candidates.

According to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), 60 subjects will be written in all.

The Ashanti Region has the highest number of students (87,295) followed closely by the Eastern Region which has 56,467 candidates sitting the exams.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has wished the students writing exams well.

He also cautioned students, teachers, and invigilators to all abide by the COVID-19 protocols for the period of the examination.

He said:

I send best wishes to the three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) final year Senior High School students.

The WAEC conducts the WASSCE concurrently in anglophone West Africa. Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Liberia announced on 20 March 2020 that it was indefinitely suspending the annual exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, following Ghana’s decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the country agreed that the exams will be held independently.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a presidential staffer, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe, has recovered from the novel COVID-19 virus, calling on all to stop the stigmatisation.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, 18 July 2020, Tagoe, popularly called ‘Cyber’ within his close circles, said:

A couple of weeks ago, I tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. By God’s will and grace, I have survived and have fully recovered. It is unimaginable what one has to go through for the 14 days living with COVID.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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