Examinations Council GNA – The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of candidates who took the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates.

“The WAEC wishes to inform its numerous publics that it has released provisional results of candidates who took the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE). “The Council will despatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results,” a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjo, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Council has posted the results online and candidates, who so desire, may access their results at the Council’s website. “The Council is alerting members of the public, especially candidates, to be wary of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed,” the statement said.


A total of 289,210 candidates entered for the examination. This figure is 5.45% higher than the 2016 candidature of 274,262. The 2017 entry figure was made up of 147,591(51%) males and 141,619 (49 %) females. The examination was conducted for 916 participating schools. A total of 1,732 ( 0.60%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination. The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows: • English Language: 155,077 ( 54.06%) obtained AI-C6; 73,409 (25.59%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,351 (20.35%) had F9; • Mathematics (Core): 122,450 (42.Z3%) obtained AI-C6; 106,024 (37%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,070 (20.27%) had F9; • Integrated Science: 125,204 (43.66 %) obtained AI-C6, 84,851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 76,693 (26.75 %) had F9; • Social Studies: 149,806 (52.25%) obtained AI-C6; 69,795 (24.35%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 67,078 ( 23.40%) had F9. Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in Mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83% to 42.73%), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.19% to 54.06%). On the contrary, Integrated Science showed slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48% to 43.66%). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in Social Studies (54.93% to 52.25%).


The entire results of candidates from 185 schools have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination. This includes results of candidates from 31 schools who were detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in objective tests. The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise.


The Council wishes to express its deepest appreciation to all stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Supervisors, Invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, Examiners and all, who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of results


“Technical Universities Key To Industrialisation Agenda” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government towards the prioritisation of technical education and the skills development of students in the country’s senior high and tertiary institutions, as it holds the key to the country’s industrial development.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “if the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this. You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country. That revolution needs to happen now if Ghana is going to make progress.”

The President noted that “all those countries in the world that used to be like us, but are now places of prosperity and development, became so because they paid a great deal of attention and committed a lot of resources to the development of their educational system, especially the development of their technical and scientific education.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 14th May, 2017, when he addressed students of the Ho Technical University, at its auditorium, at the climax of his 2-day visit to the Volta Region. 

The President stressed that if Ghana is to emulate the successes of the Asian tigers, especially countries who gained their independence around the same time as Ghana did, then technical institutions must have priority in the country’s educational expenditure. 

It is for this reason, he said, that the process of reorganising and re-prioritising the country’s educational expenditure is on-going, evident in the 2017 Asempa Budget ensuring a substantial increase in the budgetary allocation to the educational sector. 

Technical education, the President indicated “is the key to our future. Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.” 

President Akufo-Addo continued, “We cannot continue to be raw material producing and exporting countries, depending on the production of unprocessed cocoa or unprocessed gold. There is no future in that for us as a people. We will continue to be poor if we go down that line. We must make a systematic effort to change the structure of our economy. We cannot do it unless we have people like you primed and ready to assist the process of transformation.”

Completion of school projects

Government, the President said, is committed to the completion of projects such as the Industrial Art building, the housing project for faculty staff and the completion of the residence for the Vice Chancellor of the Ho Technical University, the three projects of priority of the institution. 

With the administration of President Kufuor responsible for “80% of the infrastructural development at this university”, the Vice Chnacellor of the University indicated that not much has been done, in terms of infrastructural development, for the school. 

“So it would be very fitting if I carried off from where he (President Kufuor) left off. That is a commitment I am making to you, and I am going to do exactly just that,” he said, to a rapturous applause from students of the institution, adding that “it will be my pleasure to come here and commission these uncompleted projects before my four years are over”.

Stay united as a people 

President Akufo-Addo urged the students, and by extension all Ghanaians, to “remember that we are part and parcel of the same dream. The men and women who sacrificed to make it possible to get our freedom had a vision of Ghana as a beacon, and the light of the world. We have to hold onto that vision”.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo added, “is a rich country. If we agree that we will govern ourselves in an intelligent, modern and progressive manner, eschew corruption, look at best practices, put aside tribalism, insist on excellence that we are not going to be satisfied with second best but only the best, that promise of Ghana is going to be realised in our time.”

He continued, “We are going through difficulties now because of things that happened in the past. Don’t let us allow the past to constrain our future. Let us believe that we are capable of leaving the past behind and soldering on to that bright future that beckons for us. If we have that belief in ourselves and we translate it into action, in 10 years time, none of us will recognise the Ghana of today. We will see a new Ghana of progress and prosperity, and you are going to be beneficiaries of that new Ghana.”