WAEC Results Arguments on four-year SHS is baseless- Karbonu

The longstanding argument over whether a three-year or four-year duration for the senior high level is the best for the country has been reignited with the release of the 2016 WASSCE results.

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Vice president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Karbonu has labelled arguments over a four-year or three-year senior high school education system as baseless.

The longstanding argument over whether a three-year or four-year duration for the senior high level is the best for the country has been reignited with the release of the 2016 WASSCE results.

However, Mr. Karbonu, in addressing the issue on Citi Fm’s Big Issues said,

 “We are beginning the issue on this parochial argument of four years, three years. It is totally a misplaced argument,” laying emphasis on the need to concentrate on the basic levels of the educational system instead.

“If somebody does not get the proper knowledge in English language from the basic level, you can even move to the PHD level, when you talk, there will be deficiencies in your presentation,” he explained. Mr. Karbonu also bemoaned the fact the discussion had also been spliced with political rhetoric. According to him, “The statistics that we have is totally different from the tangent that we have discussed this issue and once again, we have also jaundiced this discussion with parochial political interests.”

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Mr. Karbonu added that examination results being poor is not new in the Ghanaian context.

 “we have always performed abysmally at our school set level,” he maintained. “So for results to be released in a particular year and for people to begin talking about it as if Armageddon is all of a sudden befalling us has jaundiced the discussion.”

He added that “the performance in core subjects such as science, English language and mathematics have always been abysmal.”

According to the statistics from the West African Examination Council,  a total of 274,262 candidates participated in the 2016 with 125,065 students obtaining  A1 to C6 in English Language(53.19%), 59,725 (25.40%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,595 (19.82%) had F9.

For Mathematics, 77,108 (32.83%) obtained A1-C6; 65,007 (27.68%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 89,477 (38.10%) had F9 and about 113,933 students obtained A1-C6 in Integrated Science which is 48.48%, 75,938 (32.32%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 42,519 (18.09%) had F9.



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