The West African Examinations Council is celebrating its 21st anniversary, and Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's Head of State, gave a special address when its 1973 session began in Accra on Wednesday (28 March).
The West African Examinations Council is celebrating its 21st anniversary, and Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's Head of State, gave a special address when its 1973 session began in Accra on Wednesday (28 March). He referred to the organisation as "a living and successful example of international collaboration and joint effort in a common endeavour."
The Examinations Council is the last survivor of a number of similar organisations established in pre-independence days. The others, such as the West African Airways Corporation and bodies covering currency, cocoa and building, were dissolved in what Col. Acheampong called "the impact of an understandable feeling of nationalism in the immediate post-independence era."
He told delegates the council survived the onslaught because of a certain elasticity and flexibility which enable it to answer to changing demands and to cope with changing conditions... "The credit for this survival must go to those public-spirited men and women who managed the affairs of the Council and directed its polices," he said.
The Council is responsible for most educational and public service examinations in West Africa as well as many career examinations. It also administers local examinations for more than 40 overseas bodies.
The guests at the 21st anniversary meeting included Mr. Barthes Wilson, Education Minister of Sierra Leone, Mr. Flamma Shacman, Education Minister of Liberia, Alhaji Honourable M.N. Cham, Education Minister of Ghana. Col. Acheampong's address was replied to by the Chairman, Dr. S.T. Matturi,and Mr. V. Chukwuemeke Ike, the Registrar, gave an address.
SYNOPSIS: At the State House in Accra, education experts form West Africa have been attending the 1973 conference of the West African Examinations Council. It's a rather special session. This is the 21st anniversary of the council, which is the last survivor of the various West African organisations which existed before the countries concerned became independent.
The opening meeting of the conference was attended by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, the Ghanaian Head of State. In his address he referred to the other organisations which have now disappeared, such as the West African Airways Corporation, and the bodies covering currency, cocoa and building research. He said they'd all been dissolved under the impact of an understandable exuberant feeling of nationalism in the immediate post-Independence era.
The West African Examinations Council had survived the onslaught, said Colonel Acheampong, because of a certain elasticity and flexibility. These enable it to answer to changing demands, to cope with changing conditions.
Colonel Acheampong said the credit for the board's survival must go to the public-spirited men and women who managed the council and directed its policies. The board is responsible for educational examinations, and also tests candidates for public service as well as many careers, such as nursing. It also operates locally for more than 40 overseas organisations.