The government will absorb the full examination fees of all final-year students sitting for this year’s West Africa Senior School Certification Examination (WASSCE).
This was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a televised address on Sunday, 21 June 2020.
The President said: “For the first time in our nation’s history, the government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the 313,837 students who will sit for the exams. GHS75.4 million will be spent on this. These SHS 3 students, also referred to by some as ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’, are also the first group of beneficiaries of the government’s free SHS beneficiaries to sit for the examination”.
Meanwhile, all final-year students in Senior High Schools are scheduled to return to school tomorrow, Monday, 22 June 2020 after a three-month’s break following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In addition to the final-year students, second-year gold track students will also resume school on the same day.
Under the new protocols to keep the students safe, a maximum of 25 students will be admitted to a class.
Also, day students in schools with boarding facilities will automatically become boarding students.
There will be no sporting activities and the wearing of face masks is mandatory for students, teachers and non-teaching staff.