Mahama Ayariga is Minister for Information and Media Relations
Government has instructed all Regional Coordinating Councils, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to liaise with their respective district directors of education and district coordinators of National Service to ensure that this year’s West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations take place as scheduled.
A statement signed by Information and Media Relations Minister Mahama Ayariga insisted that measures should also be instituted to ensure the exams is conducted under appropriate invigilation to ensure its integrity.
“[We wish] to continue to assure parents and students that the examinations will be conducted as scheduled,” the minister stated.
Read the full statement below
GOVERNMENT DIRECTS THAT MEASURES BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS ARE NOT DISRUPTED
The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations are proceeding as planned without any hindrance. So far, several practical examinations have been conducted with appropriate invigilation.
Government wishes to continue to assure parents and students that the examinations will be conducted as scheduled. In this regard, all Regional Coordinating Councils, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives are directed to liaise with their respective district directors of education and district coordinators of National Service to ensure that the examinations take place as scheduled under appropriate invigilation to ensure its integrity.
It has come to the notice of Government that some teachers are generally not reporting to work at public basic schools or not teaching even when they report at the schools. Government is still awaiting the response of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) who requested for time to discuss, with the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), the outcome of the Sunday 17th March 2013 meeting held between Government and educational workers unions during which Government had extensive discussions with then on all the issues raised as the basis of the strike action. It remains the understanding of Government that the unions will revert to Government as soon as possible.
While Government awaits the response of the unions, an appeal is being made to teachers to rescind their decision not to carry out their teaching assignments and to return to the classrooms to teach. Relevant agencies of Government are working towards addressing their concerns.