Sierra Leone’s Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), Conrad Sackey has announced and given some key highlights in the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

According to this year’s WASSCE results, Conrad Sackey testified that a record-high of 243,202 candidates participated, surpassing previous years. And so, of the candidates, 52.5% were female, continuing the trend of more females participating in WASSCE.

In addition, he said the pass rate was 83%, the highest ever recorded, compared to 64% in 2021 and 77% in 2022.A substantial number of candidates achieved the benchmark of 5 credits in a single sitting.

The top-performing candidates, Raymonda E. Mammah and Sahr Edward Fillie, both from Providence International Senior High School, obtained outstanding results. Providence International Senior High School had a 100% pass rate with all 185 candidates meeting university entry requirements.

The number of candidates meeting university entry requirements was higher than the previous year, even with some results withheld. The percentage of candidates with a credit or better in English Language was disappointingly low at 17%.

Overall, subject performance improved in 2023 compared to 2022. District performance was generally better in 2023, with most districts having a significant number of candidates meeting minimum credit requirements.

Conrad Sackey assured Sierra Leoneans that efforts are being made to address examination malpractices, with actions taken against individuals and entities involved.

A detailed report on performance will be available on the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) website.