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23.11.2005 Regional News

Fourteen SSS students fail to register for exams

By GNA
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Ekumfi Essarkyir (C/R), Nov. 23, GNA - Parent and Teachers of Ekumfi T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School will meet on Saturday to take a decision on the fate of 14 final year students of the school who could not register for their final examinations.

Mr Ahmed Kojo Nkum, Assistant Headmaster of the school who said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Essarkyir said their parents could not afford the registration fee of between 400,000 cedis and 420,000 cedis.

He explained that the under the new West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSSE) for Nigerian, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone, which has replaced the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) the period for registration ends in October instead of December.

The new WASSSE would be written between April and June instead of July to August.

Mr Nkum said the school made serious efforts to get all the 106 final year students to register but the 14 could not and explained that the school was prepared to register for 2007 but added that the final decision rested with the parents and the students.

He said the school has decided to establish a special fund to cater for students in similar situation in future.

The Assistant Headmaster said apart from the registration issue, the school was faced with accommodation problem as a result of the increase in enrolment this academic year and said it would feature prominently at the meeting on Saturday and urged all parents to attend without fail.

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