Peter Nortsu Kotoe, a Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, has questioned the rationale and the budgetary provision made for the purchasing of past examination questions for Senior High School students preparing to sit for the West African Senior High School Examination (WASSCE) in 2020.
Mr. Kotoe is of the view that the move is wrong as it does not help in preparing the students to live beyond examination.
The Ghana Education Service’s Director-General, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwah on Tuesday announced the procurement of 400,000 sets of past questions and answer booklets for the first batch of the free SHS beneficiaries sitting for the exams next April.
The Head of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah speaking on Citi News said that the procurement of the past questions was very needful.
“It is geared towards improving the kind of education that we have and the learning outcomes that we have been receiving from WAEC over the years. It is the commitment or it is the anticipation of government that we are going to have our first set of free senior high school education students which we enrolled in 2017 who are going to write their WASSCE in 2020,” he said.
However, Kotoe in an interview on Citi news was against the move and insisted that the move is unacceptable.
“Yours is to provide the learning and teaching materials for teachers to teach and prepare students for the examination. Are they preparing them only for examination or life? They must prepare them to think and answer questions, not to let them have questions in advance and tell them what answers to provide and when they get to the examination hall, they get disappointed. It is wrong for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to have done that,” he insisted.
By Emmanuel Amewugah, Daily Mail GH