H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his 12th address to the nation on measure to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, 21st June, 2020 announced that, his government will absorb the full examination fees for all final year students who are writing the 2020 West Africa Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE).
President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that, a total of three hundred and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty seven (318,837) students across Ghana will benefit from the government’s intervention at an estimated cost of GHS 75.4 million.
According to him, this is the first time in the history of Ghana, government will absorb WASSCE fees for all final year students.
“For the first time in our nation’s history, government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the 323,837 students who will sit for the exams. GHS75.4 million will be spent on this. These SHS 3 students, also referred to by some of the Akufo-Addo graduates are also the first group of beneficiaries of government free SHS beneficiaries to sit for the examination,” Akufo-Addo said.
The West Africa Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE) is scheduled to take place on 3rd August, 2020. The Examination is expected to be conducted for five West African Countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia.
In March 2020, WAEC has suspended its 2020 WASSCE due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. But, the government of Ghana upon further discussions and engagements in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic has eased restrictions to allow final year students to reopen in order for them to write their exit examination. WAEC has agreed to conduct the examination for final year students in Second Cycle institutions in Ghana upon further engagement.
Final year students (SHS3) and second year (SHS2) gold track students are expected to reopen on 22nd June, 2020 for their exit examination.