Three candidates, all from Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast, Ghana, received the WAEC Excellence Award for their outstanding performance in the May/June 2015 WASSCE taken by a total of 1,883,775 candidates in the Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria. 

The awards were presented to them at the 64th Annual Meeting of the West African Examinations Council held in Accra, Ghana last week.

The candidates were Miss Jessica Ayeley Quaye (1st Prize), Miss Ruth Ewura-Ama Awadzi (2nd Prize) and Miss Danielle Amo- Mensah (3rd Prize). Miss Jessica Ayeley Quaye also won the Augustus Bandele Oyediran Award for the Best Candidate in West Africa. 

The prestigious Award of Distinguished Friend of Council was also conferred on an eminent Ghanaian scholar and educationist, Professor Anthony A. Adimado, for his positive contribution to the work of WAEC. 

The Council resolved that the WAEC Research Department, universities and other research institutions in the Member Countries should focus more on critical national issues, including examination malpractice, with a view to finding solutions to the problem of examination malpractices. 

It also appealed to the researchers and the West African Examinations Council research institutions to endeavour to make their research reports available to guide the Member Governments in policy formulation and implementation. 

Council noted with appreciation the move by the Government of Liberia to rid the school system of unqualified teachers by providing for the present crop of auxiliary teachers access to professional training and other skill-related programmes, which could qualify them for more productive engagements in the various sectors of the country’s economy.

It applauded the efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to constantly review the education system of the country, adding that efforts should be made to continually motivate the teachers in order to check the current high rate of attrition and attract the best brains to the teaching profession.

It also urged the Nigerian Government to step up the training of more teachers to sustain the newly introduced trade subjects in the country’s school system and improve candidates’ performance in them. 

At the end of the Meeting, the Registrar to Council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, expressed gratitude to all the secondary school teachers who worked as examiners, moderators, supervisors and invigilators.

He also commended the various ICT service providers who were behind the success story of the Council’s ICT projects.