Sierra Leonean Journalist and reporter for the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) has raised concern over the massive failure of candidates for the English Language at the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE).

His comments come just a day after the Minister of Basic And Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), Conrad Sackey announced the release of the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) where 105,924 candidates obtained credit grades or better in at least five subjects, including mathematics, but did not obtain credit in English Language.

It was also reported that 34,525 results were withheld while another 6,658 had no results as they were absent from all subjects.

Addressing the situation, Fofona urged key educational institutions, including the West African Examination Council, The Sierra Leone Teachers Union, The Teaching Service Commission, and The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, to engage in a constructive dialogue. They should analyze the consistent underperformance in English Language, aiming to identify the root causes of this enduring challenge in Sierra Leone.

“WAEC, SLTU, TSC and MBSSE should have a conference to discuss English Language as a subject, and why for more than a decade it continues to be such an albatross around the neck of the majority of WASSCE candidates in Sierra Leone. Is it the fault of the candidates or is something fundamentally wrong with the teaching of English? What can be done to ameliorate the situation? Let the convo begin please.” He said.