COVID-19: Universities may admit students without WASSCE
Ghana’s Education Minister has disclosed that Vice-Chancellors in the various public universities have been instructed to develop a strategy that could help admit fresh students without showing proof of their 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE).
Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh speaking on Accra based Peace Fm indicated that the suspension of the final year examination for senior high students and junior high school students has implications for the country.
The Minister said the implications are dire but should not deter us from adopting new systems to manage the crisis we face.
”Even the United Kingdom with the best systems have suspended their examinations and instructed their schools to find ways to do assessments for admissions into the universities,” he stated.
According to him, he has instructed the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to speak to the vice-chancellors to find ways through which students would be admitted if they are unable to write the WASSCE.
To him, without the exams, Ghana will not burn.
On Tuesday, the Minister told journalists the government had introduced e-learning platform for final year students.
The learning programmes would be rolled out on all mediums — radio, television and online — with support from the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Information.
“We hope that through the Ministry of Communications, we can get all telecommunication companies to zero-rate content delivery in education so that Ghanaian students will participate.
“We also hope that through the Ministry of Information, radio and television stations will see the national urgency in participating to ensure that educational content is delivered” Dr Prempeh stated when he took his turn to brief the media on what the ministry was doing in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, he said, some television stations had 24-hour channels that they could dedicate to the ministry for content delivery and was looking forward to seeing the other ones doing same.
The WASSCE scheduled for May/June this year has been suspended over the coronavirus outbreak.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it took the decision in support of measures put in place by member countries to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
A statement from the Council said the decision was based on a reschedule proposal from the WAEC Secretariat, that has been approved by the Chairman of the Council.