The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah has acknowledged that there is an improvement in the performance of candidates in all the core subjects for the year 2019 WASSCE as compared to 2018.
Professor Yankah also added that, the joy of government will be fulfilled when the first batch of the free senior high students take their turn to produce excellent results due to government’s massive investment in education.
Prof. Yankah was speaking at the Distinction Awards ceremony for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for 2019 School candidates in Accra on Wednesday.
Prof Kwesi Opoku Amankwa, Director General, Ghana Education Service, who chaired the occasion, admonished students to find out from the schools who swept the awards their secret of success and emulate them.
He also advised the distinguished students to allow the awards to spur them on and be winners at every level that they may find themselves.
Wendy Addy-Lamptey, Head of National Office, WAEC, said improvement on the language would enable candidates to enhance their performances in other subjects.
She noted that, out of the 1,927,027 candidates from five WAEC member countries who sat for the WASSCE, two Ghanaians students won the second and third positions at the international level.
On English Language, Mrs Addy-Lamptey said, it has improved from 46.79 per cent in 2018 to 49.06 per cent in 2019.
This, she said, was not up to 50 per cent and stressed the need for candidates to make use of the many resources made available to them that would improve on their comprehension of topics taught.
The three students who received the distinguish award were presented with various cash prizes, full scholarships to pursue degree programmes in any local university; and laptops among others.