Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that Nigerians performed well and scored 75 percent in the 2020 WASSCE but Ghanaians had more 8As as compared to what the Nigerians had.
According to him, the 2020 WASSCE Ghanaians wrote, has proved that indeed free SHS hasn’t been a hindrance to quality education as some people have been saying.
During the National Chief Imam’s annual Ramadan lectures (Tafsir) in Accra, Dr Bawumia said that the government is making plans to improve the quality of Ghana’s education. He further indicated that the free SHS hasn’t compromised education in the sense that the recent WASSCE results has proved so.
“When the Akufo-Addo government introduced the Free SHS policy, some people opposed it and said quality education would be compromised. But the 2020 West Africa Senior High School Examination shows that if anything, the free senior high school has improved the quality of education in Ghana.”
“The WAEC with countries like Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana; the results show that of the total number of students who took the exam, there was a total number of 465 who got A in all their 8 subjects. Of the 465 in all these countries, 411 came from Ghana”, he said.
Dr Bawumia also indicated that “the other 54 came from Nigeria but Nigerian students were 70% of all the students who took the exams but Ghana got 411 8As and they [Nigeria] got 54 8As.”
“That tells you the quality that we have produced. We should not underestimate what we are capable of and we should not underestimate what we are capable of.”
“Free SHS is helping our students and of course helping our parents as well, because they don’t have to pay.”
Dr Bawumia entreated all, especially members of the zongo community and other communities that are deprived to seize the equal opportunity and the access to education that the Akuffo Addo government has provided.