The release of the 2019 WASSCE results by WAEC has come with another big heart breaking statistics if you understand the numbers. The reality hidden in the numbers churned out by WAEC is that 174,819 failed English Language according to the just released results whiles another 118,792 students also failed Mathematics.
The implication is that, these candidates have failed in at least one of the core subjects and cannot gain admission into any public university.
The sad truth is that, many of these candidates bought admission forms ahead of the release of the results and were only waiting anxiously to key in their results to complete the admission process. But now, they have to wait for a long long time to gain admission if only they pass their NOVDEC resit examination.
English Language Result Analysis
The breakdown is as follows: 100,781 representing 29.42% of candidates who sat for English obtained D7-E8 whiles, 74,038 representing 21.61% obtained F9.
Thus a total of 51.03 % of WASSCE students who sat for the examination failed in English Language. Just 48.97% obtained the minimum pass for university education.
Mathematics Result Analysis
The breakdown is as follows: 71,408 representing 21.0% of candidates who sat for mathematics obtained D7-E8 whiles, 46,384 representing 13.54 % obtained F9.
Thus a total of 34.54 % of WASSCE students who sat for the examination failed in Mathematics but a greater chunk representing 65.31 % obtained the minimum pass for university education.
Again, 63.17% passed integrated Science and obtained grades between A1-C6 but 37.18% failed and obtained between D7 and F9.
Social Studies seemed to be the favourate core subject at the WASSCE in 2019 as over 75% of candidates obtained not less than C6 in the exams but some 25% failed to obtained good grades.
There is an urgent need for government and stakeholders of education to unravel the root cause of this perennial failing of STEM by candidates with emphasis on English, Mathematics and Integrated Science.
With WAEC withholding some 48,855 results the rate of failure could shoot up if students are found culpable after WAEC has completed its investigations.
If we do not find long term solutions to mitigate and deal with the failure rate in Mathematics, English and Science, then we should be ready for a rise in the failure rate in these subjects come WASSCE 2020.
Source: Wisdom Hammond | Newsghana24.com