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In Sierra Leone 93,665 candidates for NPSE tomorrow

In Sierra Leone 93,665 candidates for NPSE tomorrow

A total of 93,665 pupils nationwide will sit the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) tomorrow, Saturday 4th May, 2013.  According to the Head of National Office (HNO) West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr. Sheriff M. Sapateh (in photo), the examination will be conducted in 220 centres throughout the country, 72 in the north, 44 in the south, 44 in the east and 61 in the western Area.

He said five new centres have been accredited to reduce the movement of candidates from their location, one centre at Saint George Junior Secondary School in Konta Kuma, one at SLMB, Port Loko, the other at SLMB Matotoka, Tonkolili, the other at Sanda Magbolonto, Port Loko, and another at the Rural Academy in Waterloo.

“The National Primary School Examination (NPSE) is conducted every year on the first Saturday in May as an achievement test for pupils who have attained class six and is used for the selection and placement of candidates in Junior Secondary Schools,” Sapateh informed, adding that this year’s entry is lower than last year’s.

Mr. Sapateh revealed that, for the successful conduct of the examination, principals of secondary schools serving as centres will serve as supervisors and teachers of these schools will serve as invigilators, further disclosing that 450 supervisors and 3,120 invigilators will be responsible for the conduct of the examination.  In addition, examination agents have been recruited to help in the monitoring of centers in both Freetown and the regions. He said officials of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, staff of the respective inspectorate in the regions; Education Officials of the city councils, district councils and Councillors are requested to participate in the monitoring of the examination.

Mr. Sapateh stressed that supervisors and invigilators have been entrusted with a grave responsibility to ensure that we have a hitch-free and fraud-free examination.

He advised the supervisors and invigilators to guide candidates to restore their emotional stability considering their age range.  He warned all examination officials to refrain from intimidating candidates in the examination hall as this can make candidates lose their balance and mess up the examination.

He explained that candidates are required to bring their pencils, pens, erasers rulers and sharpeners. “They should maintain decorum in the exam hall and be obedient to instructions,” he further advised, warning friends and relatives of candidates to avoid the examination centres.

He relayed that the NPSE is a test–coded examination with six codes one for each of the following subjects: Verbal Aptitude 01, Quantitative Aptitude 02, Mathematics 03, English Language 1 04, English Language 11 (Letter Writing and Composition)-05 and General Studies 06.

Mr. Sapateh thanked the government for supporting WAEC, also thanking the Inspector -General of Police, Francis Munu, for assisting WAEC in the area of security. He encouraged the head teachers to submit their Continuous Assessment to WAEC without any delay to facilitate the early release of results. He wished all candidates success in their examination.

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