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Over 50,000 candidates to sit WASSCE

--WAEC releases numbers from Liberia and Guinea

Authorities say the registered candidates represent 975 senior schools in the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Guinea.

By Kruah Thompson 

Monrovia, May 9, 2024: Liberia’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) office unveiled that 50,410 registered candidates from Liberia and Guinea will sit the 2024 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The registered candidates represent 975 senior schools in the Republic of Liberia and Guinea.

Of this number, 790 of the schools are from the private sector, with 34,903 candidates representing 59.42% of the total candidates.

WAEC boss Dale Gboto told a recent press conference in Monrovia that 15,417 candidates, or 30.58 %, come from the public sector.

The 2024 WASSCE includes senior high school exams, which will cover nine subjects, with a total of 24 papers comprising English 1,2 and 3 to be administered on 15 May.

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The last test which is economic will be administered on 24 August 2024.

For the Junior High Schools, 250 schools registered with 4,648 candidates. Their examination is scheduled for 27 May to 29 May 2024, encompassing four subjects.

Of the total number, Gboto reported that private schools that registered were only able to pay the fees of 1,978 candidates. 

He pointed out that data in his position shows that the majority of the candidates who will be sitting the exams hail from Montserrado County.

Unlike past WAEC examinations where more pressure was imposed on students by administering two subjects a day, Gboto reported that they have created a more flexible avenue for the 2024 WASSCE Exam.

He said they are allowing registered candidates to sit for at least one subject per day.

The data according to Gboto, reveals a predominant concentration of registered candidates from Montserrado County, suggesting that the primary focus of learning activities in Liberia resides there.

He called for an increased effort from candidates, educators, and stakeholders to bolster academic endeavors across all counties in the region.

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