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Scirj Volume V, Issue XI, November 2017 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Gender Differences in Participation and Achievement in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Sierra Leone

Issa Fofana, Mohamed H. Keimbe, Issa B. Fofana

Abstract: This study investigated the differences in participation and achievement in the West African School Certificate examination in the first ten years of its inception for students attempting the examination in Sierra Leone. It is observed that the average female participation in the examination over the period is less than the 35% approx-imated in the 2004 Census data. The numbers for female participation were impressive in the first two years of the period but dropped slightly over the remaining parts. The western area, which hosts the political and commercial capital of the nation had the female participation slightly above the national level. It was observed that there is gen-der difference in participation in almost all the subjects offered in the examination. The female students were significantly more likely than their male counterparts to at-tempt the commercial subjects, whilst more male students offered the Science and Arts subjects.

Reference this Paper: Gender Differences in Participation and Achievement in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Sierra Leone by Issa Fofana, Mohamed H. Keimbe, Issa B. Fofana published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume V, Issue XI, November 2017 Edition, Page 66-71 ".

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