Patrick Areghan, an official of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has disclosed on Monday that, the regional exams body has recorded 81.7% in this year’s results which has been released. He revealed this during a press conference held in Nigeria in the company of other education officials.
During the conference which was covered by the media, the authorities said a total number of 1,560,261 students from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone sat for the examination; amplifying work done by the council this year.
Breaking it down further, Mr. Aregyan said, “the percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 65.24%,” he said, whilst adding that, “thus, there is an appreciable 16.46% improvement in performance in this regard.”
The new feat is worth celebrating because of the nature of the exams and past records. WAEC examination which is organized by an established objective council to cover schools in west Africa is considered one of the toughest high school exams in the world.
At a point in the history of this exams, Nigeria for instance through its Education Minister Adamu, called for the declaration of a state of emergency in the educational sector in 2018 whilst the senate equally intervened with a committee formed to investigate the crisis for solutions.
A research was conducted to dig-out the possible contributory factors which ranged from low wages, Infrastructural concerns, among others. Measures have been implemented over the years to work towards quality education in the sub-region.