Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results in The Gambia this year are relatively twice better than those of last year, Ebrima Sisawo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School, said here Thursday.
In a statement received by PANA, Sisawo revealed that 2, 797 candidates scored five credits or more this year, representing 21 percent compared to 2, 121 (15%) in 2018.
"The number of candidates qualifying for University entrance also doubled over last year's figures," he said.
Sisawo said there was significant improvement for both English and Mathematics with 1,401 candidates scoring credits in English whilst 2,548 candidates had credits in Mathematics.
He added that only 9.8 percent failed completely, compared to 14.9 percent in 2018.
He congratulates the three candidates from Nusrat Senior Secondary School who scored 8As and 7As respectively.
The ermanent secretary also reiterated the stiff competition from the rural schools, particularly Essau and Nemasu Senior Secondary Schools, outside the capital, Banjul.
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