The Ghana Education Service (GES) has hinted at plans to engage with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for the 2021 West African Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to be changed to September/October.
According to the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the request is to help students prepare adequately for the exams.
The GES has also proposed that the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) should take place in November.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, January 4, 2021, he said: “Per our arrangements, we expect that the next exams will be written in September/October, and we have already started discussions with WAEC on that,” he said at a press conference in Accra on Monday, January 4.
“We needed to make provision for marking and release of exam results and reopening so if we decide on October/November, it will be difficult for WAEC to release exams early enough for admissions to take place in January.”
“So, per our calculation, we have proposed September /October, and we noticed that when we use these dates, we would have covered 1,700 hours and will only be short of one-hour contact period which we can always make up for,” he added.
He further disclosed that the normal timetable for the examinations would resume in 2023.
“Looking into the future, WASSCE will be held in July/August and BECE in September for 2022. In 2023, WASSCE will then come back to our normal date which is May/June and then BECE will follow suit,” he said.