Akufo-Addo condemns Mahama’s  doubts on WASSCE results: Says it’s unfortunate

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Former President John Mahama has been criticized by President Akufo-Addo for expressing doubts about the authenticity of the recent West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.

Mahama, who is also the 2024 flagbearer of the NDC, raised concerns about possible collusion between teachers and students to cheat during exams.

He argued that this could have serious implications for the country’s education system.

“In many places, they let the children cheat. You go to places and the teachers are conniving with the students to cheat. The effect will be seen later,” Mr. Mahama said during his recent ‘Building Ghana Tour.’

“You certify these children saying they are of this standard either the BECE or SSCE and that child will use that certificate, go abroad to a school and they will find out that your qualification is not up to the standard you say it is,” he added.

Addressing the issue during the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo dismissed Mahama’s criticisms, asserting that the WASSCE results reflect the effectiveness of the free senior high school program.

“Contrary to the normal experience, the large excess and improved quality have gone hand in hand. Long may this continue.”

“It is a pity though that the sad nature of aspects of contemporary Ghanaian politics drove some otherwise allegedly responsible people including your former President and current NDC Presidential candidate to question the integrity of the results happily without any foundation and to attribute these results to cheating.”

“Students of Wesley Girls High School, do you cheat in examinations? This loud no will send a strong message to those who expressed these unfortunate, misguided sentiments.”

He highlighted the consistent improvement in the quality of education demonstrated by the performance of students under his administration.

President Akufo-Addo criticized Mahama’s comments as baseless and attributed the success of students to their hard work and dedication rather than alleged cheating.

“The WASSCE results of the students I proudly call the Akufo-Addo graduates have shown that the quality of education has not deteriorated but on the contrary, it has improved significantly.”

“The results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 are the only years in the past decade that show that more than 50% of the candidates obtained A1 to C6 in all core subjects,” he stressed.

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