Results good; Ghanaians "blowing things out of proportion" - GES

Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, the Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Bettey said statistics show an improvement in this year’s results.

Speaking to Pulse.com.gh, the Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Education Service, Rev. Jonathan Bettey said statistics show an improvement in this year’s results.

At least 598 candidates who sat in the 2016 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had their “entire results cancelled,” a statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, said.

The statement indicated that 1,576 candidates had their subject results cancelled while some 13 candidates who had their entire results cancelled have also been “barred from taking any of the Council’s examinations for two years mainly for impersonation during the examination”.

Many have hit hard at the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education for what they call poor performance of students.

But the GES PRO believes Ghanaians are “blowing the thing out of proportion.”

“I don’t know whether they [critics] have the figures to support them...We are not saying that this is the best results we should have,” he said.

“Last year, we saw a lot of leakages; this year WASSCE; no leakage. But there were a lot of malpractices. So the measures put in place have also made the students bring out their actual knowledge,” Rev Bettey added.

He debunked claims that the lack of well-trained teachers and infrastructure could have contributed to the problem.

“There are a lot of improvement in infrastructure wise. Training of core subject teachers; much went into it, last year and this year. So when people are bombarding the Ghana Education service and the Ministry of Education, they should read the figures and check the facts,” he said.

The GES PRO was unable to directly indicate what could be the cause of the inconsistency in results over the years.

He, however, urged students to get “serious” about their education and not allow social media to distract them.

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