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WASSCE: Highest number of entries with the highest number of withheld results due to malpractices

The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Conrad Sackey, announced the results of the 2023 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates today.

According to the Minister, this year's exam had the highest number of candidate entries and withheld results, with 243,202 candidates, of which a total of 34,525 results were withheld. The number of withheld results he explained, demonstrates the continuing efforts of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to eradicate examination malpractices.

This disclosure during the announcement of the WASSCE results, came days after a release by the West African Examination council had also announced withholding of results due to insider tampering of results and examination details.

The Minister continued that this year's results continue the trend of female students leading in the exams, with 121,324 female students and 109,649 male students from a total of 230,973 candidates on the results received by the MBSSE.

Mr. Sackey stated that 191,077 results have been released, of which 101,222 (53%) were female and 89,855 were male.

He also outlined that with an 83% pass rate, and over 137,796 students securing the university entry requirement of five credits, this year's results are among the highest in recent years, despite the number of withheld results.

This year's top performers are Raymonda E. Mammah and Sahr Edward Fillie, both of whom secured eight A1s (excellent) and one B2 (very good), with an average grade/unit of 1.11 (excellent), both from Providence International Senior High School.

The best performing school, Providence International Senior High School, had the results for 185 of its candidates released, with all 185 candidates (100%) obtaining a credit or better in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics, i.e. they all obtained the requirements for direct entry to a university undergraduate degree programme.


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