MoE threatens harsh penalty for school graduating students in the absence of WASCE results

The Ministry of Education has disclosed that results for this year’s West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will be released on July 5.

WASSCE is a type of standardized test offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries and administered by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

Making the disclosure at a news conference on Thursday, June 7, 2018, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Alexander N. Duopu called on school administrators not to graduate their students in the absence of WASSCE’s result.

Deputy Minister Duopu warned that heavy fine will be imposed on would be violators; huge to the extent that schools defying the regulation would no longer function.

In a related development, Education Minister Ansu Sonii has said students who failed the WASSCE will have to wear uniforms and repeat the 12th Grade the next academic year.

Minister Sonii said the ministry is taking WASSCE very serious to the extent that schools are not permitted to graduate students who failed the test.

He said principals of schools that have all its candidates failing the 2018/2019 WASSCE should either resign or be dismissed.

The Ministry of Education further disclosed that it would reintroduce national exams for six graders and 3rd graders during the 2019/ 2020 school year.

Minister Sonii said the move is intended to strengthen students at the primary level, while preparing them for the senior high school certificate exams.

Meanwhile, the ministry is calling on schools’ administrators to immediately refund parents’ US$60 WASSCE fees paid per student prior to government taking responsibility to pay the fees.

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