The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said he is saddened by the results of this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
According to WAEC, only 53.19% of students who sat for the WASSCE passed in English; with only 32.83% passing in Core Mathematics. Additionally, only 48.48% of students secured passes in Integrated Science. As though this was not enough, it has emerged that less than half of the 247,262 students who sat for the examination obtained the minimum grades to gain admission into tertiary institutions.
This development, according to the NPP flagbearer, is indicative of the dwindling fortunes of every sector of national life under the John Mahama government.
“We did not hear good news today, as a country. Every aspect of our national life under President Mahama is on the decline. Our education sector has also not been spared. Less than half of Secondary School Certificate examinees were able to get the requisite grades for (entrance into) university. It is a very, very sad day for the development of Ghana,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that this sad development requires that “we vote him (President Mahama) out of office, so good policies can be implemented in our educational sector for the development of Ghana.”
The NPP flagbearer was addressing the Chiefs and people of Anhwiaso, on Wednesday, August 10, at the commencement of his 5-day tour of the Western region, when he made this known.
He assured Ogyeahorhuor Kwaku Gyebi II, the Chief of the Anhwiaso Traditional Area, that his commitment of truly implementing the Free Senior High School policy remains unwavering, and will be implemented without bias across every part of the country.
Jobs for all
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs for the teeming masses of unemployed Ghanaian youth is of the utmost importance, if Ghana is to construct a bright future for her citizens.
He explained that voting in a competent and visionary government, that has the policies and programmes to create jobs should be of utmost concern to Ghanaians, as the country heads into this year’s elections,.
“A country that cannot provide jobs for its youth is doomed. Whatever way we can do to bring jobs to Ghana is one I will surely do. The industrial development of our country, together with helping to establish factories in every district is at the very core of the NPP’s programme for Ghana’s development,” he assured.
He urged the people of Anhwiaso to repose their confidence in him in this year’s elections, stressing that “whatever I am saying to you is borne out of a clean heart. I did not come into politics to steal the monies of poor Ghanaians, or to lord power over Ghanaians. We are coming to serve Ghana and implement policies that will bring progress and prosperity to every part of the country.”
Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kojo Addae