By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), Louis Moses Mendy said in 2022 WASSCE, there are students who got over 5 credits excluding Maths or English language, but not captured in any of the viral analysis on social media.
“Someone could have 7 credits but don’t have a credit in English and that was not captured someone can have 8 credits and unfortunately the person those not have credit in Maths and that is not also captured, which is so unfortunate,” he lamented.
Mendy claimed that there are still pending WASSCE results expected to be received from WASSCE.
He added that as sector, they decided to work on to reduce the fail rate in 2017, which was 21.7%.
“We said no, we cannot continue to have that. What we need to do is to reduce the fail rate. So that at some point, there will be nobody failing and that have constantly been maintained in 2018 from 21.7% the Ministry went all the way to 14.9% at least a reduction of about 6.5%,” Ps said.
He said they are hoping to have a mid review of the 2016-2030 education policy.
“This year is a opportunity for us to reverse that policy, if we show will at the mid review and it’s all about quality education; and few things that can change the dynamic of quality education, one of them is teacher to pupil ratio- meaning how many students should be in a class. That’s one of the parameters that can change the dynamics and also the contact hours in a school day,” he said.
The MoBSE Permanent Secretary made the remarks at a press conference on Thursday in Banjul, following the release of 2022 WASSCE results by WAEC that indicated that only 605 of the 15, 360 school candidates got 5 credit passes and above including English Language and Mathematics, leaving 14, 755 candidates without university requirement.