M.B. Jaiteh, the principal of Gambia Senior Secondary School (GSSS) has said
that this year’s Grade 12 students are responsible for their own failure in the
West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He added that nowadays Gambian students pay more attention to idling than reading their books.
Mr. Jaiteh was speaking in an interview with The Point in which he was asked to explain what could have been responsible for such a horrible failure in the Grade 12 examination.
This year’s WASSCE results have shown a steady decline in the performance of Gambian students, with only 475 candidates getting university entrance out of a staggering number of 13,335 registered.
A statement from the exam body WAEC indicated that 12,860 candidates have failed to secure university entrance requirements. The results make this year’s the worst in the last few years.
“My school takes a lot of measures to ensure the success of the students by inviting parents, giving them examination guidelines as well as assisting them to be reading their books,” Mr. Jaiteh said.
He further stated that time factor was also a problem and sometimes most of the syllabuses are not covered, while calling on parents to provide the necessary materials for their children to study at home.
He finally advised the students to limit the use social media and SMSs as it affects their academic performances.
Sheikh Tijan Ceesay, a history and government teacher at GSSS said that this year’s results are not impressive compared with the previous years, noting that the performance of students is dropping gradually, while calling for something to be done about it.
“It’s a collective fault because one may take it from the ministry’s level and other factors including the school calendar which is too short and there are series of holidays that affect the contact hours in the school calendar,” he divulged.
According to him, another contributing factor could be that some parents have less concern about their children’s education, adding that students also have an unserious attitude towards their education.
Awa Saar, a student of GSSS who had three credits expressed disappointment for not making it in her exams, while faulting WAEC for their way of marking.
Like Awa, many other students who spoke to The Point firmly blamed WAEC for failing them.