Education Ministry to Investigate ‘Poor’ 2018 WASSCE Results
The Ministry of Education says it will soon probe unsatisfactory results for Core Mathematics and English Language in the 2018 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results released recently.
The spokesperson for the Ministry, Vincent Asafuah, said Tuesday that the investigation will seek to find out why the 2018 results for Mathematics and English Language were poor compared last year’s.
“But off the top of my head, I know there are a number of reasons that can trigger this: it can be a lack of interest on the part of the students as far as Mathematics or English [Language] is concerned.
“It can also be the fact that there is a lack of commitment from teachers to make sure that we are able to increase the number of students who are able to pass Mathematics or English [Language],” he told the host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Daniel Dadzie.
The 2018 WASSCE results have been described by some as poor following revelations over 190,000 Senior High School (SHS) graduates will not make it to the university because they flunked English Language and Core Mathematics in the final exams.
The 2018 results released by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) show that candidates who obtained grades A1 to C6 in the three core subjects (Core Mathematics, English Language and Integrated Science) are as follows: Core Mathematics – 120,519, representing 38.33%; English Language – 147,232, representing 46.79%; and Integrated Science – 158,691, a score of 50.52%.
Furthermore, the number of candidates who failed to obtain grades A1 to C6 in the three core subjects are as follows: Integrated Science – 155,436, representing 49.48%; Mathematics – 193,882, which represents 61.67%; and English Language – 167,404, which also represents 53.21%.