Government White Paper on the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Poor Performance of Pupils in the 2008 BECE and WASSC Examinations



The poor performance of pupils in the 2008 Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE) and West Africa Senior SchoolnCertificate Examination (WASSCE) in Sierra Leone, prompted His Excellency the President to set up a Commission of Inquiry comprising: Professor Sahr P. Thomas Gbamanja as Chairman, Professor Ekundoyo J.D Thompson, Dr. Bamidele O. Sannoh, Mr. Nabie M. Kamara, Mr. Akiwade J. Lasite as Members and Saa Kpulum (Permanent Secretary) as Secretary, with the following terms of reference:
a) To investigate and identify the reasons for the poor performance of pupils in the BECE and WASSCE Examinations in Sierra Leone, taking into account the role played by the following:
I) School Environment
II) Home Environment
III) The Curriculum
IV) Teachers and their attitudes and methodologies
V) Teachers motivation
VI) Pupils preparedness
VII) Class sizes
VIII) The two-shift system
IX) Tertiary institutions (USL, NU, MMCET, NP, EP, FTC, PLTC etc.)
X) Proprietors
XI) Headteachers/pupils
XII) The ministry of Education officials
XIII) Social factors and
XIV) Any other factors relevant to the investigation
b) To ascertain the impact of the 6-3-3-4 system on the performance of the pupils and how that compares with the experience of the other countries that have adopted the same system.
c) To investigate the reasons for indiscipline in secondary schools.
d) To recommend an immediate, short, medium, and long term measures to improve and sustain pupils’ performance in the BECE and WASSCE Examinations.

Keywords: BECE, WASSCE, Education

About the Author

Sierra Leone Ministry of Education is a Ministerial department of the Government of Sierra Leone that is in charge of planning, overseeing, and implementing the educational policies of Sierra Leone. The Ministry of Education advises the President of Sierra Leone and the Government of Sierra Leone on issues related to Education. The Ministry has its headquarters in the capital Freetown.

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Education is headed by the Minister of Education. The current Sierra Leone Minister of Education is David Moinina Sengeh, .



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