President Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to former President John Mahama’s criticism regarding the credibility of the West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, expressing disappointment in Mahama’s remarks.
Mahama had raised concerns about lax invigilation during the exams, alleging that some teachers assisted students in answering questions, thus inflating the pass rates. He argued that such cheating undermines the quality of education and could affect students’ prospects abroad.
However, speaking at the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo refuted Mahama’s claims, labeling them as lacking merit and being driven by political motives.
He highlighted the success of the free senior high school program, pointing to the 2023 WASSCE results as evidence of its positive impact. President Akufo-Addo praised the performance of what he referred to as the “Akufo-Addo graduates,” noting that their results demonstrated a significant improvement in education quality over the past four years.
President Akufo-Addo urged students to reject cheating and uphold integrity in examinations, emphasizing the achievements of students under his administration. He stated that the results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in recent years have consistently shown significant improvements, with more than 50% of candidates obtaining high grades in core subjects.
The President’s remarks aimed to dismiss doubts about the integrity of the WASSCE results and underscore the government’s commitment to improving education quality in Ghana.