The Strategic Communications Unit of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) has revealed that all public exam for last academic year were conducted “safely and peacefully amidst electoral calendar”.

The MBSSE said the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), the Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) were successfully conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in collaboration with the ministry.

MBSSE said the local population felt jittery when the calendar for exams were released due to the June 24 multitier election.

“A number of citizens across the country were concerned when the electoral calendar was announced with the polling day for Sierra Leone’s general election slated for 24th June 2023,” MBSSE said.

They added that parents were concerned for the safety of their children especially during the campaign period.

The Ministry said they had to engage the media calling on politicians to preach and practice peace.

The then Minister of the MBSSE, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh admonished fellow politicians and the local population to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner.

The BECE was completed last week, 2nd August with 130,837 candidates. 51.28 (67,107) are girls with 48.72 percent (63,750) being boys.

NPSE Results for 4,790 primary schools were released in July marking the start of preparations for school children for life at junior secondary school.

Results for WASSCE and BECE are still pending with experts presuming that the latter could take more than a month for its release.