The West African Secondary College Certification Examinations (WASSCE) organised by WAEC is set as a standardized examination. Standardized assessments are diligently produced by checks expects with distinct directions for administering and scoring the examination.
Specific recommendations are delivered for test administration and scoring. Directions are so precise and uniform that treatments are conventional for unique end users of the check at distinctive geographical locations.
The exam written content is determined by curriculum and matter-subject pro and consists of comprehensive investigations of present syllabi, textbooks and programmes.
Therefore the tests are based mostly on agreed (by stakeholders) syllabi where learners and lecturers alike are mindful of spots in a particular subject matter to assume thoughts. A exam handbook is accessible as a information for exam administration and scoring.
The success then ought to be accepted by all tertiary establishments in West Africa and beyond (not only universities) as proof of a scholar getting accomplished a specified time period of instruction and it also exhibits his/her performance through that time period. A certificate is thereby issued to candidates following this. This certification can be applied for position placement and earning collection selections.
Some queries that appear to thoughts in contemplating the College Entrance Exams (UEE) as an alternative to WAEC’s WASSCE are what is the UEE likely to be? Are the respective universities going to set it by themselves? Are nurses instruction institutions, university schools of educations, university of journalism and other tertiary establishments heading to established their thoughts separately? Are they going to be written at the identical time all in excess of the country or universities, nursing training and instructor faculties will generate at distinctive instances? Last but not least, are candidates going to be issued with a certification that will be acknowledged by tertiary institutions all about the globe and also to use for jobs just after the tests?
Furthermore, some students typically buy more than a person tertiary admission form, so if two establishments for e.g. nurses training institutions and college schools of educations or faculty of journalism and any other tertiary establishment make a decision to create it at the similar date what will occur to students mostly will like to acquire admission sorts from KNUST, UCC, Nursing Instruction and Trainer education just to test his luck on where he will be admitted or supplied his chosen programme of analyze?
With WAEC results, a university student can use to any tertiary institution at the same time and will have the liberty to go to the university that gives him his most well-liked programme of research. Really should pupils be travelling all around the place composing diverse tests e.g. from UCC in cape coast to Teacher training university at Abetifi then to Kintampo for Nursing Training entrance examinations
Concerning the concern of leakage and invigilation, the issue lies with the angle of Ghanaians. The blame cannot be laid on WAEC on your own. It is alleged that some instructors acquire monies from college students to invest in inquiries for them and it is Ghanaians performing at WAEC who leak the questions. Not too long ago, the maiden Teacher Marketing Exams allegedly leaked hrs prior to instructors went to get the tests and this was not organised by WAEC. Has university interior tests not leaked ahead of? If good units are not put in put to examine this and also if the perspective of Ghanaians with examinations does not adjust, substituting WAEC’s WASSCE with UEE will not resolve the dilemma of leakage.
At last, WASSCE results are not only for pursuing additional research in Ghana but for the outside the house earth and also for position applications and placements. It is not everyone who wants to or can keep on their training right after SHS nonetheless these types of folks have to have WASSCE certificate to implement for work opportunities. There are hundreds of SHS graduates who are doing work with their WASSCE certification and this year’s batch of learners must not be denied that entitlement.
The writer, Solomon Nana Kwame Ansong, is an educationist with Biochemistry background who has an desire in instructional and social troubles.