A group known as the All Teachers Alliance Ghana(ATAG), has said that the proposed investigation into the poor performance by students in the 2018 WASSCE is misplaced and unnecessary.
According to the teachers, there are other pertinent issues that need to be considered, whereas an investigation into the failure will be a waste of government resources.
ATAG has however blamed the recent mass failure on the poor quality of English and Mathematics education at the basic levels in primary and junior high schools.
"Per the quality of education in our public basic schools, there are more average students feeding most of
grade C and D public SHS and most of the fall out in the WASSCE are coming from these schools.
Generally, Ghana’s Education Service is not producing the kind of quality manpower needed by the
country. The educational system is not providing an adequate base in English and Mathematics and
offers little exposure to practical work. The first problem is the poor quality of basic education in
primary and junior high schools, especially in the main educational language, English.", a statement from ATAG read.
The group has also blamed the poor performance of students on the unstable structure underpinning the educational system in the country. The consistent meddling of the school curriculum by successive governments makes it difficult for average students to grasp the various subjects within the current space of time.
"The content or the subject matter of mathematics and science especially is too laborious for many
average students to contend with learning within the space of two years. Teachers actually have to run
with topics to enable them complete the syllabus on time. This affects average and below average
students.", they added.
ATAG has also blamed the lack of teaching facilities such as classrooms, dormitories, books and other learning resources in most second cycle institutions for the difficulties students encounter during exams.
The Teachers' alliance has further warned that failures of this kind will continue to permeate the education system if the government refuses to address the issues they have outlined, and formulate better policies.
Read the full statement below: