WASSCE Government

How Local Government Authorities Are Controlled in West African Countries

Reading Time: 3 minutes We want to talk about the various ways in which local government authorities are controlled in a West African countries. But before that, let us find the definition of the term “local government authority”. Definition A local government authority is a sub-division of government designed to ensure local participation in the political administration of the …

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The Strengths and Weaknesses of the 1946 Alan Burns Constitution

Reading Time: 3 minutes The purpose of this tutorial is to examine the strengths and shortcomings of the 1946 Alan Burns constitution in the Gold Coast (Ghana). In other words, we shall take a good look at the reasons why the educated elite of the Gold Coast (Ghana) opposed the Alan Burns constitution of 1946. It is worth-noting that …

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Account for the Failure of Assimilation in French West Africa.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Let’s take a quick look at the factors that were responsible for the failure of the colonial policy of assimilation in French West Africa. ADVERTISEMENT Introduction The French abandoned their colonial policy of Assimilation in 1958. In the place of assimilation, they introduced a new policy of Association. The French came up with the policy …

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The Merits and Demerits of the One-Party System

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’ve been searching for concise notes on the merits and demerits of a one-party system, then you have finally made it to the right place. This tutorial will show you clearly the points to use for an answer to a question on the advantages and disadvantages of the one-party system of government. Definition of …

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The Advantages of a Monarchical Form of Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are many reasons a particular state may choose to operate a monarchical form of government. In this tutorial, we are going to look at the advantages of a monarchical form of government that makes it appealing to some states. Definition of a monarchical form of government A monarchical form of government is the political …

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Features of the Crown Colony System of British Colonial Administration in West Africa

Reading Time: 2 minutes You are welcome to yet another important WAEC/WASSCE tutorial on Government, a General Arts Subject. The focus in this post is on the key features of the Crown Colony system of British colonial administration in West Africa. We are going to first find out the meaning of the term “Crown Colony”. It is only after …

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Describe the Major Features of the Pre-Colonial Akan Political System

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is a sample essay on the features of the pre-colonial Akan political system. Long before the coming of the Europeans to West Africa, and the beginning of colonial rule, there were numerous states with well-organized political structures. The Akan states in Ghana, for example, included Denkyira, Akwamu, Bono and Asante. In this essay, I …

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The General Features of Pre-Colonial Ghanaian States

Reading Time: < 1 minute This tutorial takes a quick look at the general features of pre-colonial Ghanaian states. Your WASSCE/WAEC Government question on this topic may come in the form of the questions below. QUESTION: DESCRIBE THE FEATURES (STRUCTURE) OF A PRE-COLONIAL GHANAIAN KINGDOM Please Note: The bullet points below must be expanded into paragraphs for an acceptable WAEC/WASSCE …

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Functions Performed by Traditional Rulers in Pre-Colonial West Africa

Reading Time: < 1 minute The above WASSCE Government question could be asked in at least two other different ways. WHAT WERE THE MAIN FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY TRADITIONAL RULERS IN PRE-COLONIAL WEST AFRICA? OR: IDENTIFY SIX ROLES PLAYED BY THE CHIEFS IN THE AKAN PRE-COLONIAL POLITICAL SYSTEM Here, I demonstrate to you an outline of an acceptable essay on a …

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Reasons Why the Educated Elite Opposed Indirect Rule in British West Africa

Reading Time: < 1 minute Opposition to indirect rule in British West Africa intensified between the two world wars of 1914 – 1945. Proto-nationalist groups like the National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA) as well as radical freedom fighters like Kwame Nkrumah saw many weaknesses in the system. They initially called for reforms and later, a total dismantling of …

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7 Main Reasons Britain Adopted Indirect Rule in British West Africa

Reading Time: 2 minutes So why did the British adopt the Indirect Rule system in administering their West African colonies during the colonial period? Well, you will now know the reasons why Britain introduced Indirect Rule to British West Africa. But I think it is proper for us to get a clear meaning of the term “Indirect Rule” first. …

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The Meaning and Importance of the Rule of Law

Reading Time: 3 minutes The purpose of this tutorial is to assist every WASSCE Government student/candidate to easily understand the important concept of the Rule of Law. As you may be aware, Rule of Law one of the key topics in the WASSCE Government syllabus. The vital components of this tutorial are: Definition of the Rule of Law Importance …

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4 Methods Pressure Groups Use to Achieve Their Objectives

Reading Time: 2 minutes Pressure groups (also known as interest groups) adopt a variety of tactics to get what they want from their employers, public officials or the government. Below are four measures  pressure groups can use to achieve their objectives. 1. Political appointment Pressure groups often sponsor their sympathizers or active members to contest for public office. This …

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Assimilation and Association in French West Africa – Questions and Answers

Reading Time: 8 minutes     QS 1. Describe the main features of assimilation in French West Africa. OR: Describe the policy of assimilation as practised in Senegal before the Second World War   KEY ANSWER POINTS: INTRODUCTION: Assimilation was the policy adopted by the French in ruling their colonies before the Second World War. France regarded her overseas …

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The Reasons for Military Intervention in Politics in West Africa

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a bullet-point tutorial on the reasons for military intervention in politics in West African countries. You can now have a summarized version of the factors responsible for military intervention in politics in West Africa. 1. Maladministration and economic mismanagement by civilian governments. 2. The desire on the part of civilian governments to stay …

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