President Nana Addo congratulates graduating WASSCE, BECE candidates

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Photo: Candidates of Osu Salem One JHS, ready to kick-start the BECE

expressed deep appreciation to their parents and guardians

President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has congratulated the graduating West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and the about 531,674 Junior High School (JHS) three student who just completed their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) 2020, bringing to an end their SHS and JHS education.

The President, being mindful of the global pandemic covid-19 leading to partial closedown of schools, expressed his deep appreciation to the parents and guardians of the candidates for the trust reposed in his government through the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ghana Education Service (GES) to protect and ensure safety of their wards during the period.

The President made these statements in his 17th update on measures taken against spread of coronavirus. He further pledged that he will be the last person to put the lives of students at risk and pray for the success of the students in their exams.

“On Friday, 18th September, five hundred and thirty-one thousand, six hundred and seventy-four (531,674) JHS 3 students completed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). SHS 3 students also, on 5th September, wrote the last paper of the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

I am particularly excited at this development because, despite the fears and genuine anxiety expressed by some, and the criticisms proffered by some in the political space, these students have gone to school, studied, sat and completed their examinations unscathed. Their forward march in life has not been interrupted. And, by the grace of God, the predictions made by some of widespread infections and even deaths did not materialise,” he said.

This year’s WASSCE was supposed to be written in April and BECE in June but had to be rescheduled due to the closure of schools on 15th 2020, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The WASSCE therefore started August 3rd to September 5th whilst the BECE took place between Monday 14th to Friday 18th September 2020.

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