Lest you think this is some sort of anomaly, it happened last year, and the year before that and the year before that. I don’t know why we keep deceiving ourselves that we are running any kind of educational system.
Aside the many challenges with Ghanaian education, which the linked article articulates quite nicely, it is abysmal that science and math also has often the lowest pass success rates.
So not only are we churning out substandard graduates, they have little to no knowledge of these two rather important subjects. It is no wonder society at large is stuck in such a rut.
There is no society in the history of man that made any sort of meaningful advance without scientific revolutions. All the great civilisations of the ancient world, the industrial revolution, each and every such progress was driven by science and her necessary cousin math.
And 76% and 67%of the 286,812 students who took this year’s WASCCE failed them, respectively.
For science, 39.19% of students got D7-E8, whilst 37.17% had F9. That adds up to 76%, which means only 24% of the students were able to obtain the required pass grades of between A1-C6.
Similar to mathematics, where 67% of students failed to obtain C6 or better. 29.75% of students who sat for this year’s WASSCE had D7-E8, 37.17% failed totally, getting F9.
And this is just a partial analysis, not containing those who failed in English. And considering if you are unable to pass any of these three subjects you are unable to enter the tertiary level, that would be close to last year’s figure of almost 80% of candidates not being eligible for tertiary education.
When the end goal of secondary education is to get you prepared for the next level, and 80% cannot make the next level, what is the purpose of the system then?
Of course, most would spend years and millions trying to make up those grades through remedial and resits and the like, most would never make those needed grades.
It’s a pity and a shame, not just for these students who face an uncertain future, but the country Ghana which does not even realise we would never get out this hole we are in without some truly innovative thinking, thinking that is often sharpened by the rigor enforced by science and math.