General News of Mon, 9 Apr 20181
2018 WASSCE: Invigilators, candidates satisfied with conduct of exams
The 2017/2018 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has commenced in various Senior High Schools across the country with a total number of 316,985 candidates taking part in the examination.
The exams which commenced on Wednesday, April 4, is being conducted in 946 examination centres nationwide and is expected to end on May 10.
GhanaWeb’s visit to some examination centers revealed that this year’s assessment period has, so far, not recorded as many challenges and shortcomings compared to previous years.
Students were seen quietly walking to the various examination hall to write today’s Elective Maths paper.
Each student, upon reaching the entrance of the exam hall, was thoroughly searched by the invigilators to be sure they did not have any unapproved materials before taking their seat to start the exams.
William Ansah, an invigilator at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC) Legon in Accra, who spoke to www.ghanaweb, described the composure of the students as a “good one” adding that no student had been caught cheating since the exam began.
“The performance of the exams today has been a good one. Good one in the terms of students comporting themselves. We didn’t have any major challenges. You know definitely with examination you get one or two students trying to turn their necks here and there, but everything was put under control,” he said.
Some students who spoke to www.ghanaweb.com after writing the first section of their Elective Maths paper said that the paper went well, and they did their best to answer all the questions. They were confident they will score all ‘As’ when the examination results are released.
Others, however, found the paper difficult because some questions they anticipated would appear on their question sheet did not. Nonetheless, they mentioned they still tried their best, hoping to get good grades.
A Regional Chart of candidates indicates that, 74,630 candidates constituting the highest number of total candidates are sitting for the exams in the Ashanti region. Western and Brong Ahafo regions have 47,729 and 35,554 candidates respectively.
The Greater Accra and Central regions also presented 33,834 and 32,702 candidates respectively for the exams.
25,081 and 24,218 candidates are sitting for the exams in the Northern and Volta regions, whilst the Upper East and Upper West regions have 13,144 and 8,401 candidates.