The Head of Public Affairs for the West African Examination Council, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe says that Chief Examiners are worried over the growing use of pidgin language by students in their final exams.
According to her, students must be taught to read more and write good English during their final exams.
“Chief Examiners have complained about the use of Pidgin English in essays and limited vocabulary of students. They have suggested that students read more and teachers engage students more in comprehensive assignments. For Maths, the Chief Examiners have mentioned that students are unable to translate story problems into mathematics forms before solving them”, she added.
According to the WAEC PRO, statistics by the Council indicate that, in 2018, 99,403 (31%) obtained D7-E8 in the English Language, 94,607 (30.09%) obtained D7-E8 in Mathematics and 109,069 (34.72%) obtained D7-E8 in Integrated Science.
Provisional results by WAEC indicate that 193,882 candidates, representing 61.67% of all candidates who sat for the WASSCE failed to obtain the minimum pass mark in any of the three core subjects and over 60,000 performed poorly in the core subjects.
In an interview with Starr FM, Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe said that examiners have advised that teachers make mathematics more fun to help students understand the subject better.
Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe also called on parents to ensure that their children read more and focus on their books.
“Teachers have a role to play but students must make it a point to study as well. Parents have a role to play to ensure students study and use their free time wisely,” she stated.
Source: Richmond Taylor Bryan/Dip 1B.