The ongoing West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) began and continues to progress without hitches in the La Dadekotopon Municipality.
A visit to the four public Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Municipality, namely; Labone Senior High, Saint Thomas Acquinas, Armed Forces SHS and La Presec revealed that the examination is smooth-sailing.
Two weeks after exams, there are no reports or indications of any malpractices or examination leakages at the various centres and most students could be seen wearing a lot of confidence any time they complete a paper.
At Labone, the headmistress of the school Mrs Kate Bannerman said a total number of 650 students registered for the examinations. Out of the number, comprising 325 boys and 275 girls, all were present at the start of the first paper.
According to her, the candidates were cautioned not to pay any monies to strangers who might approach them with the claim of possessing leaked questions.
On the issue of the current energy situation affecting school operations and the conduct of the examinations, she said the school had constant power and therefore students were advised to take advantage of the situation and learn effectively.
Apparently, one stroke of action to her credit is the restoration of light on campus and in the classrooms paving the way for students to learn effectively and warding off incidents of theft by miscreants in the school.
She said few weeks before the paper, the school had seven weeks intensive tuition for the students "and this would inure to their benefit”, she pointed out.
At La Presec, a total of 388 students registered to sit for the examinations and all were present from the onset to sit for the examinations with all conducting themselves well.
The headmaster of the school, Mr Samuel Bavosya Salamat, expressed optimism that the students would improve upon the results of the previous examination as a result of some corrective measures introduced to boost teaching and learning, such as the introduction of study -friendly self tuition books, increase in teaching staff and a reduction in teacher absenteeism.
At the Armed Forces Senior High, a total of 255 candidates, comprising 151 boys and 104 girls who were all present to take the examinations.
At St Thomas Acquinas, the headmaster of the school disclosed that a total number of 415 registered for the examinations and out of the number, two were absent resulting from sickness and absenteeism.
He commended the efforts of the West African Examinations Council at ensuring that no question was leaked and the closure of the time- gap between Nigeria and Ghana which made it difficult for the possibility of any incident of leakages as happened in the past.
All the schools had orientations for their students before the examination and candidates who were in arrears of their fees were allowed to write the examination per Ghana Education Service directive.
Source: ISD (Francis Cofie, La Dadekotopon)