2,797 students score 5 credits in 2019 WASSCE

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Wednesday released the 2019 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results with at least 2,797 students scoring five credits.

During a press briefing at region 1 education directorate in Kanifing,  Ebrima Sisawo permanent secretary said the WASSCE results are relatively good this year and the increase attainment of 5 credits by huge number of candidates is an indicator of whether they are achieving their objectives or otherwise.

He said the overall results almost doubled over last year and the candidates qualified for University entry is doubled over last year.

According to Mr. Sisawo, 2,797 candidates have five credits or more in 2019, representing 21% compared to 2,121 in the previous year which represent 15%. He said out of the 2,797 candidates with five credits or more, 1,396 are female.

He said there is a mark of improvement in both English and Mathematics, with 1, 401 candidates scoring credit in English and 2, 548 candidates in Mathematics. “Overall, 9.8% of candidates failed completely in 2019 compared to 14.9% in 2018.”

Mr. Sisawo said despite the achievements, the ministry will not be complacent because there is still a big room for improvement.

Highlighting some of the interventions his ministry came up with to improve the educational system, Mr. Sisawo said curriculum review, support to Gambia College to improve teacher quality, continuous capacity building, embracing modern teaching methodology such as Mezzo Maths, PSIPMI, and PELA were conducted.

Dr. Burama Jammeh, the ministry’s director of Curriculum Research, Evaluation, and Development Directorate (CREDD) said they are working with the conference of principals of senior secondary schools to increase the scope of subjects to 31, including civic education and information and communication technology which will be introduced in the senior secondary schools early this September. “We are also engaging WAEC to provide those 31 subjects to Gambian candidates,” he said.

Dr. Jammeh added that they will engage WAEC to change the examination rules which dictates that for candidates to be qualified for a WASSCE certificate, they should have 5 compulsory subjects before taking a final specialisation.

He said their next intervention will be the introduction of career guidance in schools to enable students to be specialised in a particular area.

Author: Kaddy Cham