Former President John Mahama’s criticism of the credibility of the results of the most recent West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination has disappointed President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress claimed last year that a large percentage of students passed the exams because some invigilators were careless and allowed teachers to help students with questions.
These statements came after Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education, declared that the 2023 results were the best since 2015.
According to Mahama, cheating lowers the standard of education “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.”
Speaking at the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Cape Coast’s Wesley Girls High School, President Akufo-Addo, however, rejected Mahama’s criticism as unfounded.
He regretted that certain political dynamics had caused some, Mahama among them, to raise unfounded doubts about the veracity of the results.
Citing the results of the 2023 WASSCE as proof, President Akufo-Addo underlined the caliber of education provided by the free senior high school program. He applauded the “Akufo-Addo graduates,” pointing out that between 2020 and 2023, over 50% of candidates received grades ranging from A1 to C6 in every core subject, demonstrating a notable improvement in the caliber of education.
“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” President Akufo-Addo stated.