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Eduwatch 2021 WASSCE Monitoring Report full of inaccuracies – WAEC

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has raised concerns over Eduwatch 2021 WASSCE Ghana Monitoring Report, saying the report contained some inaccuracies.

“It must be pointed out that Insaniya SHS, one of the schools that were reported to have been monitored by Eduwatch does not currently exist.

The school was closed down in January 2021. No candidate was registered by Insaniya SHS for WASSCE 2021, neither was the school used as examination centre.

Speaking at a Press conference in Accra in response to Eduwatch’s report, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office said Beposoman Muslim SHS was not on the council’s list of participating schools for WASSCE.

“Rather, the list of schools for examination includes Ghana Muslim Mission SHS, Beposo.

Yet still, the council does not have any record of Kikam SHTS on the list of schools for WASSCE.

African Education Watch (Eduwatch) on Thursday launched its 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Ghana Monitoring Report.

The education think tank, noted that out 20 papers Monitored, 11 (55 percent) leaked while 45 percent were recorded as fake.

Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said the Council had taken note of the allegations made in the report of malpractices in certain schools and would probe further to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the claims made.

She said the Food and Nutrition Paper 3 which Eduwatch claimed were leaked were all fake.

“One wonders why Mr Kofi Asare, Executive Director of Eduwatch, would send false information when he had the actual fact.”

On English language 2 and Mathematics (Elective) 2, which were found to be on social media platforms and Telegram channels, one Godfred Darko aka Jerusalem, the source of handwritten questions for Mathematics Elective 2, was arrested and handed over to the Police.

On Physics 2 and 1, the Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office, said underground intelligence picked up signaled that the paper was ‘compromised’.

She said reports on Mathematics (Core) 2 and 1, Economics 2 and Integrated Science 2 indicated questions were fake.

“Marking of scripts is however ongoing and any irregularities detected will be investigated and scripts scrutinized”

On Chemistry 1, Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said the time given was scheduled for 1:00pm and that the time given implied that candidates had already been admitted to the examination hall and they had in possession the question paper.

“Any snapshot and circulation of the objective section (Chemistry 1) would have taken place at the centre and thus constituted an inside-examination hall malpractice and not a leakage.”

She said on the issue of external supervisors, Eduwatch was not clear on reference made in respect of external supervisors as most of them were not staff of WAEC.

Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said it was also inaccurate for Eduwatch to state that “WAEC as an international organization, lacks accountable framework governance, operate in a virtual Monopoly in public assessment space which has no regulation or effective accountability to citizens.”

She said the WAEC had considered the implementation of various intervention aimed at reducing human involvement in the question paper production value chain.

“This would include retooling the council, serialization, use of parallel tests and making use of variable data printing among others.”

Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said WAEC was committed to the conduct of credible examinations in the public interest despite the numerous challenges that the council was confronted with in the conduct of examinations.

She said the council’s doors were open and “we welcome suggestions aimed at enabling us attain our vision, to be a world class examining body.

She said Eduwatch’s Report which spoke about delayed commencement of some papers would be given the needed attention by the Council.

“We wish to assure all our public that we will continue to adopt innovative measures to improve our processes especially in the fight against examination malpractices, including examination leakage.”

She commended all stakeholders, including the Police, Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, National Security for the support given the council.

The 2021 WASSCE was conducted from August 16 to October 8, this year.

Sixty subjects were made available to 446, 321 candidates who registered from 765 schools.

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GES releases guidelines for 2021 school selection

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The Ghana Education Service (GES), has released guidelines for the 2021 school selection process.

In a press statement, GES said all Senior High Schools (SHS), Senior High Technical Schools (SHTS) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions had been placed in four categories – A, B, C and D.

It asked all candidates to choose their first to fifth choices from schools in category A, B and C in order of their preference, adding that, each choice must have a programme and accommodation preference, day or boarding.

The Service asked candidates and parents to note that category A schools could only be selected once and Category B schools, twice, however, a candidate could select all five choices from category C.

“In category A, a candidate can select only one school; in category B, a candidate can select two schools, and in category c, a candidate can select five schools,” it stated.

The statement said candidates were to select a compulsory day school as sixth choice from category D or choose a boarding school from the list of schools in appendix three of the 2021 schools register as special boarding.

“Category D represent the Day school option. These are schools that candidates can attend as day students and, therefore, must be schools that are, located in the candidates’ catchment area. Appendix three contains special boarding schools that can be selected as boarding for the sixth choice,” it stressed.

The statement said for candidates who wished to offer TVET programmes, they should select all six TVETS schools from Category A, B and C as Day or Boarding.

It entreated parents and guardians to supervise their wards in the selection and filling process and ensure that they signed and submitted the forms to their current Junior High Schools.

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Bawku gets ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre

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ATC Ghana Digital ICT Learning Centre, has been commissioned at Aminiya Islamic School at Daduri in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region.

The Digital Community Facility in Bawku, which is the first to be established by ATC Ghana in the Upper East Region, will serve both pupils and residents of the Municipality.

Digital Communities are learning centres that use the uninterrupted electrical power and internet connectivity from ATC’s tower sites to provide free ICT learning in the communities we serve.

This year, ATC Ghana has rolled out Digital Communities at four locations namely Bawku in the Upper East Region, Akontombra in the Western North Region, Berekum in the Ahafo Region and Asuom in the Eastern Region.

The four new Digital Communities add up to the six facilities already operating at Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, Savelugu in the Northern Region, Tarkwa in the Western Region, Bawdua in the Eastern Region, Makola in the Greater Accra Region and Battor in the Volta Region.

American Tower Corporation, ATC Ghana’s parent company, is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries.

ATC Ghana is the leading tower company in Ghana, and also the largest with over 3,900 communications sites across the country.

Mr Yahaya Yunusa, Chief Executive Officer, ATC Ghana Limited, in his address at the launch in Bawku said ATC’s global solutions include over 214,000 towers, 2,000 managed rooftops, in-building and outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks, and a suite of services that speed network deployment.

“Our global sustainability initiatives focus heavily on education, particularly digital literacy, where wesupport underserved and unserved students, schools and communities by leveraging technology to improve their access to quality education,” he said.

He noted that through their Digital Communities, which was their flagship digital inclusion programme, they were deploying fully equipped ICT education centres throughout Ghana to create digitally empowered communities where users could learn without barriers.

He said in conjunction with key partners such as Africa ICT Right and Ghana Code Club, ATC Ghana seeks to provide ICT skills and entrepreneurial training to the youth to equip them with the right skill-sets to broaden their career prospects in an increasingly connected and interconnected world, either by increasing their employability or though entrepreneurship.

Mr Yunusa said the Digital Communities project was also in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to digitalise all aspects of the Ghanaian economy under its Digital Ghana Agenda.

“We, at ATC Ghana, are proud to play a role in supporting Government’s vision of an inclusive digital economy while encouraging the aspirations of the many brilliant young people across the length and breadth of this country,” Mr Yunusa said.

“At ATC Ghana, we believe that supporting education by leveraging on technology as part of our sustainability goals is the right thing to do and we take great pride in how our organization demonstrates its commitment to the communities where we operate.

“We know that the Digital Communities are truly a great way of giving back to our society and thank you all once again for your generous support and contributions toward this launch here in this community.”

Madam Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources, ATC Tower Ghana, said as a technology focused Company, ATC Ghana was very invested in ensuring equal access to quality ICT education to everyone and young people in particular.

Mr Abubakar Iddrisu Bawa, Presiding Member, Bawku Municipal Assembly, said the Facility was not only for the benefit of the pupils, and that the teachers would equally use it to upgrade their ICT knowledge.

Mr Azariya Ayariga, Bawku Municipal Director of Education, in a speech read on his behalf, urged the staff to ensure proper maintenance of the Facility.

Naba Yussif, Seid Nab, who chaired the function, expressed gratitude to ATC Ghana for the kind gesture.

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Volta Region supports KETASCO

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GNA – Schools in the Volta Region have thrown their support behind the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO), the region’s representative at this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), to ensure it brings the trophy home.

KETASCO defeated Wesley Girls Senior High School (SHS) and Tamale SHS to make history as the first school from the Volta Region to make it to the grand finale of the prestigious competition.

KETASCO otherwise known as ‘DZOLALI’ will on Friday, November 26, lock horns with two other finalists; Prempeh College and PRESEC Legon, out of the 146 schools, which started the month-long contest taking place in the Ashanti Region.

The stunning performance by the Keta ‘Eagle’ won the admiration of all past and present students of the school and other sister schools from the region, especially the Keta Business College.

People from the region who took to their social media handles to express how proud KETASCO had made Volta.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited Keta, home to the Volta Regional representative of NSMQ 2021 finalists, to find out the level of excitement.

Mr Edwin Mensah, an 85-year old former librarian and old student of Bishop Herman College, Kpando, said he was so proud of the performance put up by the students of KETASCO.

Some students of KETASCO could not hide their joy as they prayed for their schoolmates to do their best to bring the trophy home.

“I’m so proud of them. We’re looking forward to them bringing the ultimate back here. I wish to be selected by the authorities to go and cheer them on that Friday to victory. It’s now or never for the Eagle to fly and fly very high,” Lordina Tettey, a student, said.

Mr Samuel Agbematu, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, KETASCO, said: “It took a lot of hard work for the students to attain that feat.”

Since they stepped onto the campus, they had been training in preparation for the competition, he said, and expressed the hope that they would emerge victorious on Friday.

He commended the efforts of tutors of the School, especially Mr Isaac Boateng and Mr Churchill Kukuia, and the past students, including Dr Ben Boafoah and Dr Emmanuel Agbematu for their roles in training the contesting students.

Mr Agbematu said the school had confidence in the team, especially the star contestant, Bright Gadzo, declaring that “we’ll win the cup not just for us but for Volta.”

Mr Charles Apreko, the Volta Regional Chairman, Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Headmaster of Kpando SHS, assured the contestants that “Volta is behind them.”

“I have a strong belief that we’re bringing the trophy home. All the schools in Volta are sending their congratulatory messages and well wishes. We’re in for the cup.”

“You have contributed tremendously to our efforts in projecting and promoting the Volta Region. We are proud of you, Champs. Congratulations! Come Friday, let the Eagle fly the #NSMQ2021 Trophy to Volta. You can.”

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, took to his Facebook page to motivate the contestants, saying: “The entire Volta Region is behind you”.

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