President Nana Akufo-Addo has reacted to claims by former President John Dramani Mahama that the 2023 WASSCE results did not reflect the true representation of what happened.
Mr Mahama challenged the credibility of the results saying there were several cases of malpractice
The NDC’s presidential candidate last year claimed some teachers assisted candidates in answering questions, resulting in a large percentage of students passing the tests.
He noted that cheating compromises the quality of education, stating, “You certify these children saying they are of this standard either the BECE or SSCE, and that child will use that certificate, go abroad to a school, and they will find out that your qualification is not up to the standard you say it is.”
But addressing the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, the president slammed Mr Mahama describing his claims as lacking merit.
He maintained the free SHS policy has yielded positive results saying the “Akufo-Addo graduates” have proven that the policy is working.
He said from 2020 to 2023, more than 50% of candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects, indicating a significant improvement in education quality.
“It is a pity though that the sad nature of aspects of contemporary Ghanaian politics drove some otherwise allegedly responsible people including your former President and current NDC Presidential candidate to question the integrity of the results happily without any foundation and to attribute these results to cheating.
“Students of Wesley Girls High School, do you cheat in examinations? This loud no will send a strong message to those who expressed these unfortunate, misguided sentiments.”
“The WASSCE results of the students I proudly call the Akufo-Addo graduates have shown that the quality of education has not deteriorated but on the contrary, it has improved significantly. The results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 are the only years in the past decade that show that more than 50% of the candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects.”