The WASSCE for School Candidates 2020 results saw an unprecedented turn in terms of male dominance in past examinations, as three females from two schools in Montserrado County top this year’s exam in Liberia.
Candidates Blessing Jalieba and Alicia A. Wright of St. Teresa’s Convent and candidate Lela P. Wapoe of the Light International School System took the first, second, and third places with Aggregated T- Scores of 647.11, 646.60, and 635.30 respectively.
Making the disclosure at programs marking the official pronouncement of provisional results of the WASSCE for School Candidates 2020 in Monrovia recently, WAEC Liberia Head of Office Dale G. Gbotoe commended the three female candidates for such brilliant performance on the exam.
Mr. Gbotoe also informed journalists at the press conference that apart from the three best performing candidates on this year’s exam, 25 candidates from nine schools, comprising 15 males and 10 females from three counties, Bassa, Margibi, and Montserrado passed with credits in five subjects including English and Mathematics.
He added that of the 25 candidates, 10 are from Seku Ibrahim Sheriff, five from Firestone High School, three from ST. Teresa’s Convent, two from ST. Claver High, and one each from Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Gray D. Allison, Levi C. Williams, Caver Mission Academy, and Mount Zion Christian Academy.
Gbotoe also disclosed that five male candidates outperformed their peers in six of the nine subjects offered on the Exam; History, English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics while three female candidates were considered the best performing candidates in the remaining three subjects; Economics, Geography and Literature-in-English.
The candidates include Jethro E. Wlue of SOS, Lossine M. Keita of Seku Sheriff, Thomas A. Jusufu of Lott Carey, Roland Zogbay of Arcelormittal School System, Leslie G. Gibson of Levi C. Williams, Naometta Z. Tomah of Spiritan Academy, Fatumata Pusah of St. Teresa’s Convent, and Fatumata Komara of Lango Lippaye High School.
Unlike the two previous years, this year’s result shows that the candidates performed better than their counterparts in 2019 in six of the nine subjects; History, Literature-in-English, English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, and those in 2018 in all of the nine subjects.
Of the total number of candidates that sat this year’s exam, 167 candidates passed with credits in both Math and English; 25 passed with credits in five subjects including Math and English; two candidates passed with credits in at least any seven subjects; 12 candidates passed with credits in at least any six subjects while 51 candidates passed with credits in at least any five subjects.
The result also shows that 852 candidates passed with credits in at least three subjects; 42 candidates passed in all the nine subjects; 1,049 candidates passed in at least seven subjects; 6,145 candidates passed in at least five subjects; 18,222 passed in at least three subjects; 25,439 candidates passed in at least two subjects; 32,178 candidates passed in at least one subject. However, a total of 9,360 candidates failed in all nine subjects on the exam.
Mr. Gbotoe however informed journalists that while the institution applauds candidates who performed well on the exam, the Council’s Monrovia Office will not relent on taking punitive actions against those who attempt carrying out fraud on its examinations.
He disclosed that a total of 7,962 candidates results are being withheld for their allege involvement in examination malpractices. Of the total number, 139 were caught with cell phones, 174 were caught with foreign materials; 78 were involved in other irregular activities, four insulted or assaulted examination workers, 6,668 candidates colluded, while 1,423 candidates’ results are withheld for their indebtedness to the office.
At the same time, WAEC Head of Office named eight examination workers (Proctors/invigilators/Supervisor), who aided and abetted examination malpractices at various centers in an effort to curb this menace on future examinations. The eight of them are teachers and an Assistant Examiner from public and private schools in Montserrado, Margibi, and Lofa Counties.
They include S. Sumoiwu Smith, of the Firestone High School; Nuwoe Dorbor, of the Firestone High School; Maxwell Brown of the J.J. Roberts High School; Elbert Murray of the W.V.S Tubman High School; Andrew Ngobeh and Joseph Tamba of Foya Central High School; Shelton Yankae (Assistant Examiner); and Augustus K. Dorbor (supervisor) at the Voinjama Public School.
Mr. Gbotoe also named six school administrators and teachers who were not involved with the administration of the exam but were caught for allegedly aiding and abetting examination malpractices.
They include Esau Kormah, principal of the Zion Grace International School; Abraham Harmon and Melvin P. Seplah, teachers at the River View Christian Academy; Mohammed Sheriff, Vice Principal at the Liberia Christian Community College; Smith J. Washington, teacher at the New Life Community School in Lofa; and a sponsor of grade nine at Bishop Little Junior High School.
For this year’s exam, a total of 41, 538 candidates from 707 public and private schools across the country registered, of which a total of 39,263 candidates sat the exam. Of the total number of candidates that sat the exam, 20,091 were males while 19,172 were females.
The total number of candidates that sat this year’s WASSCE came from 707 schools and wrote the exam at 304 exam centers from Monday, August 17 to Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
For his part, Deputy Education Minister and Liberia’s Chief Government Nominee (CGM) to Council Alexander Duopu commended the students for improving their performance on the year’s exam and called on those coming after them to emulate their good examples.
Minister Duopu noted that the government under the dynamic leadership of President George Weah is committed to improving the country’s educational system for the betterment of all Liberian students in order for them to be able to compete with their regional and global counterparts.
He however threatened the closure of schools whose candidates did not pass in any one of the nine subjects if they do not perform well in future exams, stressing that the Liberian students deserve better and quality education.
The Deputy Minister then warned school administrators against holding graduation for their students who were successful on the exam until January of 2021. He noted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is giving priority to tertiary institutions’ this year followed by high school graduation next January.