Former Minister for Education and current Member of Parliament for North Tongu. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has sincerely wished the 2020 WASSCE candidates the best of luck. As they start their final examination today Monday, July 20, 2020.
The former Education Minister, asked God’s blessing for the candidates for their zeal and sacrifices to sit for the 2020 WASSCE for school candidate under this extraordinarily difficult COVID-19 circumstances
Meanwhile, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Deputy Minister for Education. Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum had send their best wishes to the prospective candidates prepared to sit for the examination today.
However, the Member of Parliament on his Facebook timeline commenting on the total number of candidates to sit for this year’s WASSCE said. “Unimpeachable statistics from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) reveal that in 2012. A total of 174,461 candidates sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)”.
According to him “this figure impressively shot up during the tenure of President John Mahama to 274,262 candidates who sat for the 2016 WASSCE. This represents an actual increment of a staggering 99,801. That is by some 57.2% over the period”.
Therefore, in the view of Mr Ablakwa, President Akufo-Addo’s much-touted Free SHS policy which the NDC has always maintained could have been better implemented. Without Double Track and the attendant suffocating congestion.
He estimated that “WASSCE candidate numbers have seen an unimpressive increase from the 2016 figure of 274,262 to 313,837 in 2020. This works out to an actual increase of a relatively low 39,575 or a mere 14.4%”.
Also, he furthered that former President and flag bearer of the opposition NDC party. Mr John Dramani Mahama in his term of Office increased WASSCE candidates by 99,801. While President Akufo-Addo has increased the same by only 39,575.
“A striking difference of 60,226. President Akufo-Addo’s comparative increase is far less than half of what his counterpart. President Mahama achieved in the same four year period”.
According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, Visionary and pragmatic policy interventions will always triumph in the final analysis over populist knee-jerk programmes.