President Nana Akufo-Addo has rebuffed claims made by former President John Mahama regarding the authenticity of the recent West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.
Speaking at the 187th speech and prize-giving day at Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo criticized Mahama’s assertions, stating that they lacked merit and were founded on misguided sentiments.
Mahama, who is also the 2024 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), had expressed doubts about the credibility of the WASSCE results, suggesting that some invigilators collude with teachers to aid students in cheating during the examinations.
These claims were made during Mahama’s “Building Ghana Tour,” where he highlighted concerns about the potential long-term consequences of compromised examination integrity on the country’s educational system.
In contrast, Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum had announced that this year’s WASSCE results were the best since 2015, attributing the improvement to the quality of tuition under the free senior high school program.
President Akufo-Addo echoed this sentiment, applauding the performance of what he referred to as the “Akufo-Addo graduates.”
“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,” President Akufo-Addo asserted.
He further emphasized that the results of the Akufo-Addo graduates in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 demonstrated a remarkable achievement, with more than 50% of the candidates obtaining A1 to C6 grades in all core subjects.
Addressing the students directly, President Akufo-Addo sought to dispel any notions of cheating, asking, “Students of Wesley Girls High School, do you cheat in examinations?” He expressed hope that their resounding “no” would serve as a strong message to those who had questioned the integrity of the results.
President Akufo-Addo’s remarks underscore the ongoing debate surrounding education in Ghana and the differing perspectives on the performance and integrity of examination results. As the country grapples with these issues, his administration remains committed to upholding the quality of education and ensuring the success of Ghanaian students in national and international assessments.