Blame poor WASSCE performance on ‘Pidgin English’ – WAEC

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has attributed the poor performance of 2018 WASSCE candidates to the growing culture of ‘Pidgin English’.

This is coming from the public affairs officer of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, who has revealed that chief examiners complained bitterly over the use of pidgin language by candidates in their final exams.

“Chief Examiners have complained about the use of Pidgin English in essays and limited vocabulary of students. They have suggested that students read more and teachers engage students more in comprehensive assignments,” he revealed in an interview with Starr FM.

The comments by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe follows statistics from WAEC which shows that 99,402 (31%) of candidates obtained D7-E8 in the English Language, 94,607 (30.09%) obtained D7-E8 in Mathematics, and 109,069 (34.72%) obtained D7-E8 in Integrated Science.

Provisional results for the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has been released with the results of 26,434 candidates withheld due to examination malpractices.

In all, over 90,000 candidates failed their Core Mathematics paper while the performance at A1-C6 in Social Studies showed a marked improvement over that of 2017 (52.25% to 73.27%).

All candidates have been advised to contact their heads of school for their results. For those who may want to check it up online, they must visit WAEC’s online website to access the results.

In 2017, the general performance of all 289,210 candidates was good as compared to the previous year of 2016.

In the area of Core Mathematics, exactly 122,450 candidates scored between AI and C6 with over 56,000 failing drastically.

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The situation regarding Integrated Science was worrying as close to over 76,000 candidates also failed with a terrible F9.

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