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WASSCE – West African Senior Secondary Certificate                                        Examination 2021

Overall: Sierra Leonean students obtained the best 2021 WASSCE results in recent memory.
Key highlights include:
• The number of candidates sitting WASSCE has increased by 354% 2018-21, reaching a record 156,231 students
• There are now more female students than male students sitting WASSCE, a first in recent Sierra Leonean history
• The pass rate for individual papers has climbed from 38% in 2019 to 64% in 2021
• The number of students obtaining the benchmark 5 credits in a single sitting has increased by 979% 2018-21. In 2021 more than 60,000 students obtained the benchmark score for WASSCE in 2021, which is more than the previous 5 years combined
• The top student sat and passed all 9 of his subjects with an average grade of 1.58, i.e. something better than a B2. He attended a government-assisted school and obtained 6 A1 grades
• Three of the top six students by average grade attended government-assisted schools. Across the districts, 67% of the top students by average grade attended government-assisted schools
• The top school saw 100% of its candidates obtain the benchmark 5 credits with an average grade of 2.90, i.e. approximately a B3. Among the top 5 schools, 3 are government-assisted
• The number of candidates achieving direct university degree programme entry requirements by obtaining 5 credits including a credit in English Language and/or Mathematics in a single sitting has increased by 1,540% 2018-21. In 2021 more than 50,000 students obtained the requirements, which is more than the previous 5 years combined. More females than males obtained these requirements
• The pass rates for English Language and Mathematics are 45% and 66% respectively. Males outperformed females in English Language in most districts and in the nation as a whole. For mathematics, the opposite was true with females outperforming males in most districts and in the nation as a whole
• There remains a large variation in performance across subjects. Of the ten subjects with most candidates sitting, Principles of Cost Accounting saw the highest pass rate (85%) and English Literature the lowest (10%)
• There remains a large variation in performance across districts, including for English and Mathematics pass rates, for obtaining the benchmark 5 credits, and for obtaining the university requirements for a full first degree programme

WASSCE Documents

WASSCE Analysis

WASSCE – West African Senior Secondary Certificate                                        Examination 2019

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for school candidates that sat the examination in 2019 were released to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) on Saturday 31 August 2019, much later than in 2018, primarily because of the increased entries (almost 4 times as many as in 2018) and the breakdown of 3 scanners.
The increase in numbers is partly due to the fact that the return from 6-3-4-4 to 6-3-3-4 meant that there were two sets of students sitting the WASSCE together i.e. students promoted from SS3 to SS4 ,which no longer existed, and those from SS2 that were promoted to SS3. Notwithstanding efforts made by the MBSSE, the entries seen for some schools suggests that candidates additional to those that were actual students of the school were entered for the examination.
It is important to note that although 115,098 entered for the 2019 WASSCE, at the time of release of the results to the MBSSE, 34 schools were having their results with-held. 32 of these were private schools with incomplete payments to WAEC and 2 were government-assisted schools responsible for major disturbances during the conduct of the examinations.

WASSCE Documents

WASSCE Preliminary Analysis

WASSCE District Performance

WASSCE Schools OoM Shared

WASSCE Chief Examiners Report 2018

WASSCE Chief Examiners Report 2019

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