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04.07.2005 General News

SSSCE examination takes off smoothly in Kumasi


Kumasi, July 4, GNA - The Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) took off in earnest with candidates taking part in the Oral English examination in Kumasi without any hitches. However, Headmasters of some schools complained about the non-payment of school fees by some students some of whom owed fees for two terms.

The Headmasters said the defaulting candidates were allowed to take the examination since the Ghana Education Service (GES) did not allow students who owed school fees to be sacked from school or barred from taking the examinations.

The Reverend Father Brobbey Mensah, Headmaster of Kumasi Anglican Secondary School, Mr Kwasi Amoako Gyampah, Headmaster of Technology Secondary School and Mr Kwabena Agyare, Headmaster, T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, told the Ghana News Agency separately when the team visited the schools to find out how the examination took off on Monday. At the Anglican Secondary School, all the 847 candidates who registered were present under tight security and as at the time of the visit, there had been no reported case of examination malpractices. Rev Brobbey Mensah said the students were well prepared notwithstanding the National Association of Graduate Teachers' strike action except a few students who were not adequately prepared because they took advantage of the strike action to cut classes.

At the Technology Secondary School, Mr Gyampah told the GNA that he registered a total of 653 candidates, made up of 529 from his school, 90 from Faith Commercial School and 34 from Kings High School, two private schools in Kumasi.

He said three candidates from Faith Commercial School, however, failed to turn up for the examination.

At the T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School, all the 700 registered candidates turned up for the examination.