President John Dramani Mahama has waded into the controversial debate over the duration of Senior High School education stating that statistics has indicated that the three year duration produced better results than the four year duration.
His comments come after results released by WAEC, revealed that only 53.19% of students who sat for the 2016 WASSCE passed in English; with only 32.83% passing in Core Mathematics.
Additionally, only 48.48% of students secured passes in Integrated Science. As though this was not enough, it has emerged that less than half of the 247,262 students who sat for the examination obtained the minimum grades to gain admission into tertiary institutions.
Former President John Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration started the 4-year Senior High School programme in 2007 based on research.
The new system, however, lasted three academic years as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) assumed power in 2009 and reverted to the three year system.
Central University President, Professor Kwesi Yankah has called for the re-introduction of the four year system saying “I think the statistics show. My analysis of the trends from 2006 to 2015 and now 2016 clearly show” that the four-year system was better than the current three years.”
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo following the release of the results said he is saddened by the results of this year’s WASSCE.
But President Mahama described the call for the re-introduction of the four year system in a tweet as uncalled for. He provided a graph to back his claims that the 3-year system is doing better than the 4-year system.
“The call for a return to 4yr SHS is uncalled for. 3yrs is doing far better as evidenced in the graph.”
Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kobina Welsing