Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty-Three (3,343) candidates who registered for the 2020 West African Senior Schools Examination (WASSCE) were absent during the examination period.
The figure represents a total of 0.89% of candidates who registered for the 2020 examinations.
“A total of 3,343 (0.89%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination”.
The information was contained in a statement from WAEC on the release of provisional results of 2020 WASSCE candidates, on Friday, November 13, 2020.
In all, a total of Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Three, 375,763 candidates from 976 schools registered for the 2020 WASSCE examinations which began in July 20, through to September 5.
One Hundred and Eighty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty-One,187,581 (49.9%) were males while the remaining One hundred and eighty-eight thousand, one hundred and eighty-two 188,182 (50.1%) were females”.
“A total of 375,763 candidates from 976 schools entered for the examination. This figure is 8.6% higher than the 2019 candidature of 346, 098. The 2020 entry figure was made up of 187,581 (49.9%) males and 188,182 (50.1%) females. entered for the examination. This figure is 8.6% higher than the 2019 candidature of 346, 098. The 2020 entry figure was made up of 187,581 (49.9%) males and 188,182 (50.1%) females” the statement said.
2020 WASSCE Examination
The 2020 WASSCE examination was held amidst the upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed the lives of millions worldwide despite stiff opposition from the opposition National Democratic Congress and other stakeholders within the education sector .
For fear many students would not be in the right frame of mind to write and pass well in the examination, the stakeholders called for the academic year to be cancelled until further notice.
However, the government set a threshold of infection rate at which schools would likely be allowed to shut down.
It is unclear why the over three thousand students failed to make it to the examinations.
However, some students who spoke in an interview on TV3’s flagship programme, COVID-19 360 then revealed that their parents did not permit them to report to school as was instructed by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, thereby missing the examinations.