PETITION TO PROF. KWASI OPOKU-AMANKWA, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE, ON THE ONGOING 2020 VISUAL ARTS WASSCE PRACTICAL FEES CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
The Art Teachers Association of Ghana (ATAG) commends government for being proactive in absorbing the fee associated with 2020 WASSCE (West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination) practical for the Visual Arts student-finalists. It is first of its kind in the history of WASSCE and, therefore, highly commendable.
However, our visits to the Senior High Schools upon commencement of the examination on July 20, 2020 revealed that monies allocation per each student for the execution of the practical works in the Visual Arts subjects was Fifteen Ghana Cedis (15GHS). Based on the demand of the questions, this money is woefully inadequate and cannot cater for even one of the four (4) Visual arts elective subjects the students pursue.
There are eight (8) Visual Arts Subjects namely Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture, Ceramics, Picture Making, Graphic Design, Leatherwork and Textiles in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA) which students are required to execute practical works as part of their 2020 WASSCE final examination. These subjects are categorised into three-dimensional (Leatherwork, Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture and Ceramics), and two-dimensional (Picture Making, Graphic Design, and Textiles). Of these two categories, each student is mandated to study two subjects from each category in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA). This allow students to study an average of four visual arts subjects of which they are to execute practical works.