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Source: Charles Lwanga Siewobr
- The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the results of the 2015 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The performance in Core Mathematics and Integrated Science is terrible. The usual talking has commenced. Very soon, I mean very soon, the political footballers will take over and do what they do best.

After a few days of scoring political points with the results and concomitant ballyhoo, they go to sleep. All stakeholders also go to sleep, not excluding the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Education and parents. We wait till next year to undertake the annual ritual of talking, after all, Ghana is a nation of talkers.

We keep reminding ourselves of the factors with account for the poor performance without proffering any solutions. I remember last year around this time, Mr. Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa indicated that plans were far advanced to reduce the number of subjects at the basic school level to five (not too sure of the figure). It is almost a year now but nothing has been done about it.

Here we are again talking about the overly loaded nature of the sylllabi at the SHS level. I will not talk about the recent educational ranking by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in which we emerged at the bottom of the rank out of 76 countries. But we still keep vaunting our education as one of the best in the sub-region.

What are we doing to improve the situation? Are we going to wait for this trend to continue?

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