Unlike the previous national exams, a candidate, who passed a single subject, is considered successful and will receive certificate for his or her performance. Releasing the results at a news conference on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Headquarters of WAEC-Liberia in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, the head of National Office of WAEC- Liberia, Mr. Dale Gbotoe, said even though the COVID-19 may had some impacts on the students, but their overall academic performance was slightly better than 2019. “We are so far impressed, but we also challenged the students to do more,” he added. According to the results and unlike before, three females representing two schools in Montserrado County topped the 2020 WASSCE.
Blessing Jalieba of the St. Teresa Convent Catholic High School top the exams with a total of 647.11 mark closely followed by her colleague Alice Wright from the same school with a total mark of 646.60 in second position and Lela Wapoe in third from the Light International School with 635.30 respectively. The results also show that twenty- five candidates ,fifteen males and ten females from three Counties namely: Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi all passed with credits. In Grand Bassa County, the St. Claver Catholic High School saw two of their students passed with credits, while in Margibi both Booker T. Washington Institute and Firestone Senior High School also saw one and five students who also passed with credits and in Montserrado County: St. Teresa Convent High School :three, Gray D. Allison High School :one, Levi C. Williams :one, Carver Mission Academy :one, Mt. Zion Christian Academy :one and Sekou Ibrahim Sheriff High School with ten candidates all passed with credits respectively.
At the same time, Gbotoe disclosed that the performance of the students since the inauguration of the WASSCE in 2018, which is gradual, also saw 231 schools representing 32,178 out of 39,263 who sat the test passed, while 9,360 candidates representing 16 schools all failed the exams. Though three females top the exams but a total of 12,746 males from a total of 20,091 who sat the exams passed representing 32.46% while out of 19,172 females who sat the exams a total of 12,133 representing 30.09% also passed. Also speaking at the press conference was the chief government nominee to WAEC, Mr. Alexander Dopoe who commended the students for the steady progress as well as performance in the test over the period.
“I can see that the number of schools with all their students failing the exams are dropping from over thirty and now to sixteen, this is a plus,” he noted. The deputy education minister also stated that government is working hard to ensure that the system gets better and that Liberian students can do well in competing with their regional and global counterparts. However, he encouraged schools with all their candidates who failed the exams to do well or risk closure, stating that the Liberian students deserve better and quality education is what the government is striving to give to its citizenry. He warned that due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic no school should graduate their successful students until January of 2021.
Meanwhile, about 707 schools participated in this year’s exams, which was administered leakage free according to Gbotoe, but also saw 7,962 candidates representing 20.28% results withheld for two reasons namely: academic malpractice and indebtedness to WAEC.