Cape Coast, April 9, GNA – This year’s May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) took off smoothly in all the Senior High Schools (SHS) in the Cape Coast Metropolis on Tuesday.
No hitches were recorded in all the nine schools that the GNA visited in the Metropolis between 0900hrs and 1200hrs, where candidates were taking the English Oral examinations.
There were also adequate examination materials at the various centres, as well as invigilators, security and stand-by generator sets, in case of any power outages.
Candidates were also seen taking the English Oral in batches ranging from two to six depending on the number of candidates since most of the centres being used could not accommodate all of them at the same time.
Most of the absentees recorded at the time the GNA visited the schools were said to have travelled outside the country after registering for the WASSCE.
At the Holy Child SHS, Mr. Joseph Alex Mensah, Supervisor in charge, said a total of 622 candidates were sitting with no absentees, whilst Mr. Gabriel Kumassah, Supervisor at the Wesley Girls SHS said a total of 741 students had been registered but three were absent.
Mr. John Akpo, Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academics at Mfantsipim School, said 1,279 candidates were registered for the examination, but three were absent while at the St. Augustine’s SHS, Mr. Henry Arthur Gyan, Supervisor, said 913 students were sitting and had recorded no absentees.
At Adisadel College, Mr. Robert Eghan said a total of 1,135 were sitting with no absentees whilst the Reverend. Aboagye Boadi of Aggrey Memorial Zion School, said three candidates were absent out of a total 1,056 candidates.
At the Ghana National College, Mr. Ebenezer Osam, Supervisor in charge, said a total of 1,115 candidates were registered to write the examination but two of them were absent.
Mr. Osam could not explain their absence whilst Mr. Kofi Mensah Adator, Headmaster of Academy of Christ the King SHS, said a total of 604 students were registered with one absentee.
Mrs. Anastasia Okyere, Headmistress of the Oguaa Secondary Technical, said a total of 480 students were sitting with no absentees.
In the Central Region, a total of 43,655 candidates, comprising 23,047 male and 20,608 female would be taking the examinations.