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(From Vanguard (Nigeria) - AAGM)
Byline: Emmanuel Edukugho
SIERRA Leone has come out very clean of all five member-countries of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), in the examinations for secondary schools in the sub-region.
A record 2,159,472 (two million, one hundred and fifty nine thousand, four hundred and seventy two) candidates registered for all the examinations conducted by WAEC in 2000 as against 2,150,068 (two million, one hundred and fifty thousand, sixty eight) in 1999. This represented an increase of 0.43 per cent.
A breakdown of the number by country shows that Nigeria had 1,697,613 candidates (or 78.61%), Ghana accounted for 364,723 (or 16.90%), Sierra Leone presented 44,626 (or 2.07%), The Gambia 32,454 (or 1.50%), and Liberia 20,056 (or .92%).
Put against the 1999 figure, the 2000 AD entries indicate increases of 2.63% and 12.9% for Nigeria and Sierra Leone respectively.
The decrease of 8.5% for Ghana was because the GCE examinations for private candidates had been phased out. …