The Head of the National WAEC Office, Ghana, Very Reverend Dr. Sam Nii Nmai Ollenu has stated that 2015 WASSCE Candidates struggled to keep the same tense and used unintelligible shorthand which he believes may have been picked from use of social media.
Speaking at the 2015 WASSCE distinction awards ceremony on Thursday, March 10, Rev.Ollenu revealed that Ghana has set a record by being the only country among the WAEC member countries to have swept all the three top awards for four times running. Rev.Ollenu described the feat as one that member countries would find extremely difficult to equal.
“… They took the first, second and third positions at the international level making Ghana sweep all the three awards offered at the international level making Ghana sweep all the three awards offered at that level once again. This makes Ghana the only country among the WAEC Member to have swept the award for four times running, setting a record which any member country will find extremely difficult to equal in years to come”, he said.
Award Criterion and qualified candidates
Touching further on the awards, Rev. Ollenu disclosed that 112 candidates out of a total of 268,812 met the criterion for the awards. WAEC uses the criterion of eight grade ‘A1’s to determine candidates who qualify for the awards.
Breakdown of eight grade ‘A1’s according to programme
General Science Programme- 98 candidates
General Arts Programme- 7 Candidates
Business Programme- 7 candidates.
Rev. Ollenu further stated that candidates performed better in English Language during that year’s exam. A performance he described as better than that of 2014.
“50.1% of the candidates obtained grades A1 to C6 in 2014 as against 45.2% in 2014” he said.
Chief Examiner’s report
Commenting on issues raised by the Chief Examiner, Rev. Ollenu said candidates could not keep the same tense and used unintelligible shorthand.
“The Chief Examiners also noted that candidates could not keep the same tense-mixed up past and present tenses-throughout their essays, and also kept mixing up capital and lower case letters wrongly. These shorthands are likely to have been picked up from the use of social media like whatsapp”, he said.
On Mathematics, Rev Ollenu revealed that the Examiners report said the following
“…candidate showed good understanding in the following
• Solving questions on sets and construction
• Solving and representing inequalities on number lines
• Solving statistical problems.
However, candidates manifested weakness in the following
• Conversion of bases to indices
• Solving geometry questions
• Deriving equations from word problems
• Use of diagrams to solve trigonometric problems.”
Plans to prevent leakage
On plans to prevent leakage of questions in subsequent years, Rev.Ollenu said
“… the IDP software will be implemented in all examinations conducted this year and candiates found culpable will have their results cancelled”.