The provisional results of the 2021 candidates of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) released by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) indicate some modest gains, as over 50 per cent of the candidates excelled in all core subjects.
The provisional results indicate that there were improvements in the performance of candidates at grades A1 to C6 in Integrated Science and Social Studies in 2021 as against 2020.
Although the examinations recorded a decline in the performance of candidates at grades A1 to C6 in English Language and Mathematics (Core) this year, as compared to 2020, over 50 per cent of the candidates still excelled in the subjects.
This was conveyed in a press statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe.
Per the release, a total of 446,352 candidates, made up of 221,439 males and 224,913 females from 965 schools, entered for the examination.
“This figure is 18.8 percent higher than the 2020 figure of 375,763. A total of 3,545 (0.79 percent) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination,” it said.
Ghana recorded one of its best performances in the teaching and learning of Mathematics at the second cycle level in the 2019/2020 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The candidates were the first batch of Free Senior High School beneficiaries.
Out of the over 370,000 students who took part in the exams, more than 243,904, representing 65.71 percent, secured between A1 and C6 in Mathematics.
The number of passes in the subject made it the best over the last decade and also one of the best performances in the history of the country.
Similarly, more than 212,866, representing 57.34 per cent, also passed (A1-C6) in English language, making it the best of performance in the teaching and learning of the subject over the last 10 years.
However, the number of passes for Integrated Science and Social Studies dropped from 63.17 percent and 75.43 percent in 2019 to 52.53 percent and 64.71 percent respectively.
Overall performance of the students was remarkable as the number of passes in the elective subjects also witnessed more passes compared to 2018.
Cancelled/ withheld results
The statement from WAEC further indicated that a total of 1,339 subject results and 174 entire results have been cancelled for various examination malpractices such as bringing foreign material including mobile phones into the examination hall, tearing off parts of question papers and collusion.
“This follows the approval of the 31st Meeting of the Ghana Examinations Committee held in October 2021,” it said.
“The entire results of 3,667 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination. The scripts of candidates from 194 schools in certain subjects have also been withheld and are being scrutinized,” it added.
According to WAEC, the withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations.