North East Region: 97% of students who wrote WASCCE in 2020 failed

**One Hundred and Seventeen (117), out of about Five-Thousand (5000) students who sat for the 2020 [West African Senior School Certificate Examination

The rest of the students failed, the North East Regional Minister, Zakaria Yidana, has disclosed. This, according to him, means that only 3% of the students passed while 97% failed, a development he observed as worrying.

“We had about 5000 students and when the results came, only 117 students passed the WASSCCE exams, that represents 3% out of 5000 students. You ask yourself, what happened to the over 4,800 students. 97% failed. We cannot do that in this region and think that we have a future”, he said.

Mr Yidana revealed this development at a handing-over ceremony of a 12-unit classroom block and a 400- bed capacity girl’s dormitory for the Walewale Vocational and Technical Institute to reduce overcrowding in the region

The North East Region has 11 Senior High, Vocational and Technical Schools in the Six Municipalities and Districts of the region.

The Minister said the students need to up their game to make the most out of the opportunity they have. He charged them to do their best.

“I’m challenging you, you’re more than intelligent and your teachers are more than capable of making you succeed but much of it depends on you the students”, he said.

According to the North East Regional[Education](Directorate, the abysmal performance in last year’s WASSCE is a result of challenges confronting the[education] sector in the region. Some of the challenges the directorate mentioned included lack of infrastructure, lack of teaching and learning materials, lack of teachers accommodation, lack of furniture and other challenges.

One of the challenges the Municipal and District Assemblies in the region are facing is the numerous uncompleted infrastructure in the Senior High and Technical Schools which they say their Internal Generated Funds and MP’s Common Fund cannot provide all these infrastructures.

To help solve overcrowding and infrastructure deficit in the schools, Ghana Trust Fund and the Mamprusi west-municipal-constructed the 12-unit classroom block and a 400-bed capacity girl’s dormitory for the Walewale Vocational and technical institute.

The current student population at the technical institute stands at 1,246 comprising 842 males and 404 females. The current situation at the girl’s dormitory is not conducive and there is overcrowding in the rooms forcing many girls to sleep on the floor.
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I thought the government bought past questions for them. How come they’ve failed this bad? Have they not benefit from the questions the government provided for them? I learnt because of the impact of the covid-19 on our economy and our lives in general, they want to cushion the exams for them and yet they still managed to failed. Well done.