English Paper 2 WASSCE (SC), 2019


The weaknesses observed include:

  1. mother tongue interference which resulted in transliteration;

  2. poor expression as a result of wrong concord, poor punctuation marks, wrong use of tenses, poor use of prepositions and articles;

  3. failure to grasp the requirements and demands of the questions attempted;

  4. inability to construct simple and correct sentences;

  5. poor knowledge of idioms and their meanings;

  6. illegible handwriting;

  7. spelling errors;

  8. poor knowledge of the basic rules of English grammar;  

  9. mindless lifting of answers from set passages;

  10. use of text message abbreviations such as “u” for “you” “d” for “the”, etc;

  11. use of long, uncontrolled and ambiguous sentences;

  12. inability to infer meaning from the passages;

  13.  wrong syllabication of words and wrong use of homonyms and homophones.


    Candidates should:

  1. endeavour to improve on their vocabulary and grammar in English Language through extensive reading;

  2. take time to understand the demands of questions before attempting to answer them;

  3. read through their works to correct spelling and grammatical mistakes before submitting their scripts;

  4. practise essay writing constantly;

  5. converse regularly using simple and correct English expressions;

  6. try to unlearn what they have learnt wrongly.

    Teachers should:

  1. spend more time in teaching grammar topics and comprehension skills;

  2. in addition to giving their students assignments frequently, teachers should also mark such assignments in order to help students identify and correct their mistakes;

  3. pay attention to spellings of words that can be confusing to students both in sound and spelling;

  4. devise teaching methods that will cater for the various needs of their students;

  5. bear in mind that language is acquired outside of the classroom and learned in the classroom, thus, they should create real-life experiences in the classroom during their teaching sessions;

  6. regularly attend workshops and seminars that would keep them abreast of global best practices in the teaching of the English Language.


    Schools should ensure that:

  1. only qualified teachers are engaged to teach subject;

  2. libraries are equipped with relevant books and materials that will aid the students academically.