By Alfred Dogbey
The Education Ministry, has stepped in to silence and offer the twice defeated 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo a “free education”, over his desperate attempt to use the 2014 results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for politics and chastise government unfairly.
Whiles, the NPP’s frustrated presidential hopeful, has launched attack on President John Dramani Mahama, blaming him for collapsing quality education and recording poor WASSCE results, facts available has it that the 2014 WASSCE results is so far the best result Ghana has ever recorded.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC), records from the Ministry of Education which was produced by the Deputy Minister for Education in-charge of tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed that, “since WASSCE was introduced in 2006, the 2007 performance was 10.58% has been Ghana’s worst performance” which was under the NPP-led administration.
Mr. Ablakwa said, “indeed the NDC’s worst performance of 19.15% is still better than the NPP’s best performance of 12.95%. It is to be noted additionally that the best performance ever of 31.19% in 2012 occurred under the NDC”.
He said, however, “What I believe to be the unfortunate is the attempt to use the 2014 WASSCE results to launch the unjustified attack on President Mahama and his administration amidst claims that this year’s result shows a decline from President Kufour’s era as Nana Akufo Addo tried to portray in the Volta Region yesterday”.
The Herald’s study of the records from WAEC on the percentage of students, who obtained A1 to C6 in six subjects (3 Electives and 3 Core Subjects) which in the National Accreditation Board’s minimum entry requirements to progress to the tertiary level since the shown that, in 2006 -12.51 per cent of candidates pass, 2007 – 10.58 per cent, 2008 – 12.95 per cent, 2009 – 14.58 per cent, whilst in the year 2010, no
examinations due to four year change.
But in 2011 – 26.00 per cent of candidates pass, 2012 -31.19 per cent pass, 2013 -19.15 per cent pass and finally, 2014 recorded 28.10 per cent which happened to be the best performance ever.
According to the Deputy Minister, “Education must be everybody’s business and we at the Ministry of Education, cherish such a great deal of interest” therefore, “the interest of the release of the 2014 WASSC results has witnessed must be welcomed by all”.
He said, “though the NDC era has recorded the best WASSCE performances, we hold the view that it could be better and that is why my boss Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang as at the Ministry of Education to implement a number of intervention including reducing teacher absenteeism from 27% in 2012 to 11% in 2013”.
Additionally, he said the Education Ministry is also “organizing special Mathematics Camps for Mathematics teachers ( the data shows passing core mathematics is the greatest headache for students at that level), the Secondary Education Level Improvement Project (SEIP) being supported by the World Bank with 156 million dollars to help improve quality at that level amongst others”.
The Ministry indicated that, “it is also important to state that it is not accurate to conclude that the door has been shut to the remaining 72% of SHS students there are access programs which we have permitted some tertiary instructions to run to enable students to enable student who had D7 and E8 have access to tertiary education”.
He concluded by emphasizing that “President Mahama and his team and most importantly the good people of Ghana still believe in quality education and we shall continue to work hard and around the clock to improve on the quality of education at all levels”.