45% of candidates failed English Language and Mathematics in WASSCE 2021.

According to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), applicants’ performance in mathematics and English language in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination has slipped this year (WASSCE).

A press statement issued by WAEC to announce the publication of the 2021 results revealed that 54.08 percent of students performed exceptionally well in the English Language, compared to 57.34 percent of candidates who passed the exam in 2020.

According to Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Council’s Director of Public Affairs, around 65.71 percent of the candidates performed exceptionally well in mathematics last year. The figure, on the other hand, is projected to fall to 54.11 percent in 2021.

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This means that more than 45 percent of candidates who took the WASSCE in 2021 failed Mathematics and English Language.

WAEC, on the other hand, reported “improvements in the performance of candidates at Grades A1 to C6 in Integrated Science and Social Studies as compared to 2020.”

According to the Council, 65.70 percent of the candidates passed Integrated Science, while 66.03 percent excelled in Social Studies.

In 2020, 52.53 percent of candidates passed Integrated Science and 64.31 percent passed Social Studies.

Meanwhile, WAEC has revealed that the results of 3,667 candidates have been withheld pending the completion of investigations into malpractice discovered during and after the examination.

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Some 446,352 candidates sat for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination. The figure comprises 221,439 males and 224,913 females.

Some 3,545 who registered for the examination were absent.