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In its efforts at improving students’ performance in the West African Senior
School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),
three Ghanaian candidates received the WAEC International Excellence Award for their outstanding performance in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2023.

They were Master Amo-Kodieh Leonard Kofi, (1stPrize), Master Dzandu Selorm,
(2nd Prize), and Master Asenso- Gyambibi Daniel (3rd Prize) .

The three candidates were selected from
2,327,342 who sat the examination in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The Augustus Bandele Oyediran Award for The Best Candidate in West
Africa, 2023 also went to Master
Amo-Kodieh Leonard Kofi.

In addition, two candidates from the Republic of Sierra Leone were honoured with The National Distinction, while one candidate received the National Merit Award. They were Miss. Mammah E. A. Raymonda, (1st Prize), Master Bangura Joshua, (2nd Prize), and Master Fillie Sahr Edward (Merit Award) .

On the same August occasion, the
prestigious award of Distinguished Friend of Council was conferred on an eminent citizen of Sierra Leone – Prof. Jonas A. S. Redwood-Sawyerr – for his outstanding contributions towards the achievement of the Council’s objectives. While the Chief Government Nominee of Sierra Leone on Council, Prof. Yatta Kanu, was elected as Vice Chairman of Council for a one-
year tenure. She succeeds Dr. Ebrima Sisawo of the Republic of The Gambia.

The aforementioned was disclosed in Sierra Leone during its 72nd WAEC yearly meeting held among member countries. The Council , which is WAEC’s governing board, holds its meeting yearly in rotation among the five member countries, namely: The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The 71st Meeting was hosted in Banjul, in 2023 by the Government of the Republic Of The Gambia, and by the invitation of
Liberia’s delegation , the 73rd edition will be hosted by the Government of Liberia in March 2025 .

The meeting which lasted for a week, was attended by delegates from all the member countries. They included nominees of
the governments, representatives of ministries/departments of education,
universities, secondary schools, and other interest groups.

The meeting began with the 29th in the series of the Council’s Annual Endowment Fund Lectures entitled, “Moving Towards the Light: Revisioning Higher Education ” , delivered by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of
the University Of Sierra Leone – Professor Miriam Elizabeth Conteh-Morgan.

Meanwhile, the 72nd Annual Council Meeting of The West African Examinations
Council ended Freetown, Sierra Leone with the election by acclamation of Prof. Thomas Brima RickYormah, former Deputy
Vice-Chancellor, Fourah Bay College and former Pro Vice – Chancellor, University of Sierra Leone as the 21st Chairman of
Council.

He succeeds Prof.Ato Essuman from the Republic of Ghana. The meeting which was
held from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March 2024, was declared open by the President of the Republic ofSierra Leone, His Excellency, Retired Brigadier (Dr.)
Julius Maada Bio (GCRSL), who was ably represented by the Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.

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