Youth Alliance for Development is ceasing this opportunity to wish all candidates writing this year’s West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) good luck. We humbly appeal to all candidates to strictly adhere to the rubrics of the conduction of the exams throughout the entire period.
We appeal to candidates to stay away from any act that has the tendency of bringing the credibility of the entire exams into disrepute and dashing the hopes of several parents who have invested immensely in the education of their wards.
We urge the West African Examination Council (WAEC) , the Ghana Education Service and security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, institute stringent measures to control leakage of examination questions which also has the tendency of denting the image of the entire process.
We appeal to WAEC to consider returning all marked scripts to candidates to serve as reference especially for those who would have to re-sit some of the papers. When students are in school, they are given every single marked script from all examinations conducted for them to know their mistakes and do necessary corrections. We encourage the council to adopt the same system and we believe will make the process more transparent and build a strong trust between WAEC and candidates.
We also appeal to the Ghana Education Service to consider changing the time for writing WASSCE from March to July, so the candidates are assessed after their three year education. The current system is putting a lot of pressure on students because teachers are not able to complete the syllabus since they only have first term to teach. We are wondering why we push students to complete their education in hurriedly manner when we cannot even offer them internship as a country.
The issue of immorality which has taken center stage among the youth must be a major concern of all, especially parents and religious leaders. It is our view that parents become more responsible in the upbringing of their children and instills the Ghanaian values such as respect, decent dressing, decent language, and ethical leadership among others.
Whilst we expect government and the society at large to find lasting solutions to these problems, we call on young people to engage themselves in productive ventures which have the tendencies of improving on their lives and building a better future.
We believe that the numerous challenges confronted by the youth are gloss over and glaringly missing in our media discussions at the expense of partisan politics. We are therefore appealing to the media owners and hosts of programmes on television and radio to create a special platform to discuss youth development issues.
Ali Tanti Robert