WASSCE 2017 70 students to write Arabic in WASSCE 2017

A research conducted by the Baraka Policy Initiative in all the Islamic Senior High Schools in Ghana indicates the readiness of these schools to write the subject at the WASSCE in 2017.

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About 70 candidates from selected Arabic senior high schools are taking part in the maiden Arabic Language paper in the May/June 2017 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

On Wednesday, 15 March 2017, thirty-nine candidates sat for the oral Arabic Language examination at the Al-Azhariya and Sakafia Islamic senior high schools in the Ashanti Region whiles nineteen of the candidates will also take part in the examination on Friday, March 20, in the Northern Region.

On Monday, 13 March 2017, about 13 candidates from the Greater Accra Region sat for the oral examination.

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The Federation of Islamic Senior High Schools in Ghana[ FISHSIG], has announced that all is set for the first batch of students to write Arabic as an examinable subject in the 2017 WASSCE exams.


According to the Federation, all necessary procedures and registration processes have been followed by the respective schools to ensure the students sit for the Arabic exams without any challenge.

General Secretary of the Federation, Mr. Sumaila Mohammed indicated that even though the subject is examinable to all senior high schools in Ghana, the first batch is comprised only of students from the Islamic Senior High Schools.

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He also indicated that Arabic which used to be an examinable subject during the GCE O and A levels era is for now only an elective examinable subject for any student or school that wishes to take the language as part of its curriculum.

On whether there is a curriculum for Arabic as an examinable subject, He responded in the affirmative and added everything has been put in place to ensure the smooth take off, continuation and retention of the subject in the country’s educational curriculum.

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He pointed out that the efforts to re-introduce Arabic as an examinable subject in Ghana has been a long standing one as it has proved futile since the early 2000s.

The FISHSIG, together with the Baraka Policy Institute , an educational Think Tank , in consultation with the Federation of Muslim Councils[ FMC] and the Office of the National Chief Imam, intensified the efforts since last year to ensure the re-introduction of the language into Ghana’s examinable time-table.

A research conducted by the Baraka Policy Initiative in all the Islamic Senior High Schools in Ghana indicates the readiness of these schools to write the subject at the WASSCE in 2017.

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