Kwame Baffoe, also known as Abronye DC, the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has disputed former President John Dramani Mahama’s recent charges of rampant cheating among recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) graduates.
Abronye said in a live video broadcast on social media that Mahama’s assertions were false, particularly in light of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Free Senior High School (SHS) program.
According to him, the policy’s adoption has relieved students of the financial burden of school fees and other expenditures, allowing them to focus more on their studies.
“John Mahama is saying that the children who just completed their WASSCE of which their result was over 70% pass, cheated. You see John Mahama if you don’t quarantine him there would be a problem in this country…
“John Mahama has to know that in those days when children were been sacked from schools, there was no concentration in the classroom because they had divided attention and there was no freedom of mind, so how would they pass their exams?” Abronye DC said.
He went on to emphasize the positive impact of the Free SHS policy, stating, “But this is the case whereby the children go to school every morning with a special breakfast and get three meals a day, which is quality education. So, they have that free mind to learn,” he added.
Abronye also disputed Mahama’s claim, citing the success of Free SHS pupils who were awarded scholarships to study overseas.
“The same free SHS students who passed and had a scholarship to outside the country are some of the best students there, like the Keta School contestant Francisca, go and have a look at her results if she cheated.
“All the Ghanaian students who had the opportunity to go abroad are all excelling there, do they also engage in cheating, this clearly shows that the person who is coming 2025 is not fit,” he added.
The NDC’s flagbearer, Mahama, expressed doubts about the veracity of the latest WASSCE results, citing the huge number of passes achieved.
Mahama claimed instances of sloppy invigilation and instructor complicity in student cheating, threatening the country’s educational system.
“In many places, they let the children cheat. You go to places, and the teachers are conniving with the students to cheat. The effect will be seen later,” Mahama said.