Ghana’s performance in the 2022 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is being hailed by President Akufo-Addo as proof that his administration’s core educational measures have been successful.
The President reaffirmed that last year’s WASSCE scores remained the best Ghana has attained since the commencement of the Free Senior High School program while speaking at a speech and award ceremony for the Queen Girls Senior High in the Western North area.
“The 2022 WASSCE results are the best out of the last eight years,” he pointed out.
With this achievement, he noted that “surely there can no longer be any controversy about the validity of the Free SHS policy and its consequential measures.”
Prior to then, President Akufo-Addo stated in December 2022 that the 2022 WASSCE results had made him proud.
In comparison to 51.6% in 2016, he said that 60.39% of students earned grades between A1 and C6 in English.
He said in Integrated Science that 48.35% of A1-C6 records were made in 2016, whereas 62.45% were made in 2022, with the 2022 result being a slight regression from the 2021 pass rate of 65.70%.
President Akufo-Addo also noted that 71.51% of students achieved A1-C6 in social studies, compared to 54.55% in 2016, and that 61.39% of students achieved A1-C6 in mathematics, compared to 33.12% in 2016.
“Lest we forget, the 2021 batch of students, who also obtained very commendable results, were the pioneers of the double track system, which elicited a lot of vilification and unfounded criticism on its introduction,” he said while delivering an address at the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Opoku Ware Senior High School.