SUSTAINING PUBLIC TRUST IN QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (WAEC) IN GHANA

SUSTAINING PUBLIC TRUST IN QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (WAEC) IN GHANA

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SUSTAINING PUBLIC TRUST IN QUALIFICATIONS AWARDED BY THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (WAEC) IN GHANA

‘,Public qualifications –, and therefore providers of high stakes assessments –, depend on trust, the trust of candidates, educators, employers, and society at large. However, trust needs to be earned, and once earned, protected’,  ,(Viewpoints, Cambridge Assessment, 2008).The perception that educational standards are falling has dominated public discussion on education in Ghana for several years. In the debate, the older generation seems to display scepticism about the standards of attainment of the younger ones. Major changes in the school curriculum since 1987 have deepened the uncertainty surrounding educational standards. As pointed out by Lebus (2007) ‘,continual change erodes confidence and creates confusion’,. The victims of this crisis are the Awarding Bodies which dutifully have to satisfy increasing demand for qualifications. Since WAEC will continue to contribute to the development of human resource of the country by awarding qualifications required for the progression of young people in education and employment, it must inspire and safeguard public confidence in its certificates. This paper examines the level of public trust in the qualifications offered by WAEC and ways in which it could promote and sustain long ,lasting public confidence.

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