Ghana claims 88 percent of 2020 WASSCE 8As
Ho, April 19, GNA – A total 411 out of the 465
candidates who scored grade A in all subjects at the 2020 West African Senior
School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), were students from Ghana pioneering
the Government’s Free Senior High School (SHS) Programme.
Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, immediate past
Minister of Education, at the fourth Session of the fifth Congregation of the University
for Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) on Saturday, said 2020 became the only
year 50 per cent of Ghanaian students scored A1 to C6 in all core subjects.
“This clear testament to the vision of
President Akufo Addo’s Free SHS programme tells us that when we harness every
child’s potential and put in the resources and hard work, we enrich our human
resource base and put him or her on a path to progress and prosperity,” Dr
Opoku Prempeh, who now heads the Energy Ministry, stated.
He said the potency of the programme was sure
to exert pressure on tertiary institutions, and urged them to endeavour to
harness the capacities of the “fine young minds.”
The Minister said as Universities such as UHAS
strove to become world-class institutions, they must be considered as national
assets helping to provide quality workforce.
He thus said tertiary institutions must admit
students from all parts of the nation, and that “there should be no
discrimination in the recruitment of faculty, students or management,” he said.
Ghana has been leading the WASSCE score for
the past six years running, and the 2020 result doubled the previous year’s
count of 220 8As.
Nigeria, Ghana’s long contender, claimed the
remaining of the 2020 straight As.