secretary of Gambia’s Basic and Secondary Education ministry Muhammed Jallow
said at a media briefing on Tuesday that reports indicating that only 475
candidates passed the 2018 WASSCE examination were misleading, saying that
figure represents the number of candidates with 5 credits including English and
Briefing journalists on the proper analysis of the results at Region one Education office in Kanifing, PS Jallow said the circulated report interprets that all the candidates outside of the stated figure had failed.
There were comments and publications in the print and electronic media that there was mass failure in the 2018 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination Council (WASSEC) results.
He explained that the reported number excludes 1, 629 candidates who had five credits or more with a pass in English or Math or both, which gives the latter passes access to University. “2,183 candidates have five credits or more in 2018, compared to 1,656 in 2017.”
Mr. Jallow said out of the 2,183 candidates with five credits or more, 1,029 were female and going by regions, 1,036 candidates were from region one and 851 from region two. “We have seen an overall increase across the regions in 2018 compared to 2017,’’ he said.
He said region six has increased from 30 candidates with at least 5 credits in 2017 to 76 candidates with 5 credits in 2018.
PS Jallow said education plays a crucial role in the development of the country’s human resources base, noting that it remains a critical and fundamental need for the development of human society. “We are equally concerned about the development of our nation to which we all have a stake,’’ he said.
He revealed that 2016-2030 education sector policy is premised on The Gambia National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals, which, he said, are the development agendas of government.
The permanent secretary also said there are plans that seek to improve the country’s human capital by reducing the number of people living below the poverty line, saying the ministry is working to achieve quality education and special focus is on quality teachers with resources geared towards the continuous professional development of teachers through in-service training.