With the support of their teachers in Bo District, WASSCE pupils met and engaged in practice testing for their exams. The practice tests targeted WASSCE pupils and started with a planning meeting, distribution of the examination’s time table, and finally the practice exam period which lasted five days. After the event, the students’ papers were marked and sent to the education manager. With the support of the examiners and other CRC staff, they were able to identify areas that need specific attention before the exams from the two major subjects (Mathematics and English Language).
After scoring the initial practice exams, three students passed the mathematics section (Hassan Koroma, Kemoh Kallon, and Aminata Kallon) while seven students passed the English Language section (Hassan Koroma, Kemoh Kallon, Aminata Kallon, Alhaji Songu, David Swaray, Robert Bangura, and Vandi Koi Manjama A.). The teachers recognized that the reason for some poor performance was that they were unable to cover the complete academic syllabus with the students up to this point. They also recognized that some students lacked the technical ability to answer questions, especially long essays, letter writing, and summary.
As the CRC has close relationships with school authorities, two of the examiners in the major subjects have voluntarily opted to support the children before the examination for more coaching and providing them with techniques to answer questions. This practice exam event was very helpful to the students.“Coming for such a program like this is a step in the right direction. During the practice test exams I was able to know some of the areas not covered and pay more attention to” said student Vandi Koi Monjama A. Another student, John Sandy, said “I am really happy for the exam’s practice, during the event I was able to know my weakling points”. We wish all of the students luck as they prepare to take their exams!