The Ghana Education Service has procured 400,000 sets of questions and answer booklets from the West African Examination Council (WAEC), for distribution to the first batch of beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School Policy.
The Ghana Education Service Director General, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwah on Monday,25th November,2019 disclosed the procurement of 400 thousand sets of past questions and answer booklets for the first batch of the free SHS policy who will be sitting for the exams next April.
According to the Head of Public Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, the procurement of the past questions is to guide students in their preparations and help them excel in their upcoming exams in April, 2020. He made this known, in an interview on Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, with the statement:
“It is geared towards improving the kind of education that we have and the learning outcomes that we have been receiving from WAEC over the years. It is the commitment or it is the anticipation of government that we are going to have our first set of free senior high school education students which we enrolled in 2017 who are going to write their WASSCE in 2020. And we are hoping that we should be able to support them so that they will come out with flying colours,” .
“So, what we have been able to procure for them, that is the 400,000 sets of pass questions that we have are going to be given to all Senior High School students is supposed to help them, to guide them as to whatever they are going to learn so that they will pass their examination and come out with flying colours,”
Meanwhile, the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, questions the rationale and the budgetary provision made for the procurement of past examination questions for Senior High School students preparing to sit for the West African Senior High School Examination (WASSCE) in 2020.
According to him, the move is wrong and does not help in preparing the students to live beyond the examination. He made this known with the statements:
“In the first place what is the budgetary allocation for it because as far as I know, in 2019 there was nothing like that in the budget of the Ghana Education Service or Ministry of Education to procure such learning materials for students in senior high schools,” he stated.
“This is been done because government failed to supply the needed textbooks to senior high schools. It is not morally good for government to do that. Yours, is to provide the learning and teaching materials for teachers to teach and prepare the students for examination. Are they preparing them only for examination or for life?”
“Yours is to provide the learning and teaching materials for teachers to teach and prepare students for the examination. Are they preparing them only for examination or life? They must prepare them to think and answer questions, not to let them have questions in advance and tell them what answers to provide and when they get to the examination hall, they get disappointed. It is wrong for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to have done that,” he insisted.