2.Schools will start preparing  their  SS1 and SS2 students for 2016  from this term using the scheme below while using scheme and texts above with SS3 for MAY/JUNE 2015

3.Any SS2 student hoping to take Literature in GCE of Oct/Nov 2015 will be tested using the above schemes and texts.Maybe it is advisable exclude Literature since teachers’ attention would have shifted by then to the scheme below


SCHEME OF EXAMINATIONS FOR 2016-2020 (to be taught to ss1 and ss2 from 2014/2015)

 LATEST 2014/2015 WAEC/GCE LITERATURE SCHEME/SYLLABUS AS REQUESTEDThere will be three papers – Papers 1, 2 and 3. Papers 1 and 2 will a composite paper and will be taken at one sitting.
Paper 1 will be a multiple choice objective test. It will contain fifty questions distributed as follows:
(a) Twenty questions on General Knowledge of Literature;
(b) Five questions on an unseen prose passage;
(c) Five questions on an unseen poem;
(d) Twenty context questions on the prescribed Shakespearean text.
Candidates will be required to answer all the questions within 1 hour for 50 marks.
Paper 2 will be an essay test with two sections, Sections A and B. Section A will be on African Prose and Section B on Non-African Prose.
Two essay questions will be set oneach of the novels prescribed for study. Candidates shall be required to answeronequestion only from eachsection within 1 hour 15 minutes for 50 marks.
Paper 3 will be on the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It will be put into four sections, Sections A, B. C and D as follows:
Section A: African Drama
Section B: Non-African Drama
Section C: African Poetry
Section D: Non-African Poetry
There shall be two questions on each of the prescribed drama texts for Sections A and B. There shall also be two questions for each of the poetry sections ie Sections C and D.
Candidates shall be required to answer one question from each of the sections, making a total of four questions. The paper will take 2 hours 30 minutes to complete and will carry 100 marks.


(i) The Unseen Prose passage for Paper 1 shall be about 120 – 150 words long.
(ii) Only context questions shall be set on the Shakespearean text. The context questions will test such items as theme, characterization, style and setting in the Shakespearean text.

(iii) No essay question shall be set on the Shakespearean text.

SET TEXTS FOR 2016 – 2020

African Prose

(1) AmmaDarko – Faceless
(2) BayoAdebowale – Lonely Days

Non-African Prose

(1) Richard Wright – Native Son
(2) Patience Swift – The Last Goodman

*William Shakespeare:OTHELLO

Non-African Drama

(1) Oliver Goldsmith – She Stoops to conquer
(2) Lorraine Hansberry – A Raisin in the Sun

African Drama

(1) Frank Ogodo Ogbeche – Harvest of Corruption
(2) Dele Charley – The Blood of a Stranger

African Poetry

(1) Birago Drop – Vanity
(2) GbemisolaAdeoti – Ambush
(3) Gabriel Okara – Piano and Drums
(4) Gbanabam Hallowell – The Dinning Table
(5) Lenrie Peter – The Panic of Growing Older
(6) Kofi Awoonor – The Anvil and the Hammer

Non-African Poetry

(1) Alfred Tennyson – Crossing the Bar
(2) George Herbert – The pulley
(3) William Blake – The School Boy
(4) William Morris – The Proud King
(5) Robert Frost Birches – Birches
(6) William Shakespeare – Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?


  1. What is life? Literature is life;one must strife in order to get this literal wife for a drive. l staunchly support the management of WAEC for the changing of these literature books after every five years.It help to broaden the literal horizon of literature students.


  2. I love this site and it has helped me so much in literature and I was like enough to come across the book containing d whole advice to ever student offering literature z to follow this wibesite


  3. I am impressed with the syllabus, teachers teaches literature in schools sometime are grounded in the field that is, most did read literature in their colleges/ universities therefore they also find it difficult to appreciate poems. I Alphious m. Kamara from Njala university recommends guide points how to teach those books and poem before they are release


  4. Iam Jimmy James a past student of Holy Trinity Secondary School I encourage the govrrnment to make available the new books as some of us are plaining to reseat


  5. Iam Jimmy James a past student of Holy Trinity Secondary School I encourage the govrrnment to make available the new books as some of us are plaining to reseat


  6. Hello I am ibrahim from Nigeria, I am an ART student so I want to set for my WAEC and NECO next year so, I want you to help me and give syllabus, so that I will able to pass my LITERATURE very well waiting for your reply . THANK YOU


  7. I am a past student of Christ the King College and I must register that am attracted to the titles of the new texts, but these works we can’t find in bookshops. I hope they ll be made available soonest.


  8. Yes! The syllabus is good in it’s arrangement but the time is short to studies it. Sierra leonean by nationality.


  9. Iam a sierra leonean by nationality. well I am satisfied with the new selection and I hope that waec may draw the first questions directly as the wassce candidates are yet to understand these books and poems.


  10. Hello I’m Musa Mose from Sierra Leone, I’m a student of Services Seniour Secondary School Juba.I’m in SSS3 ARTS, I will like to have a comprehensive note on all the poems we surpose to do in the coming 2016 wasssec.Thank you.


  11. As the new syllabus for Literature In English introduced,WAEC SL should have put measures in place to bring those stupilated texts as early as possible so that the Literature teachers would have the time sufficently to go through them.Also,it should be paramount that,the WAEC SL known their responsibilities as an agency of Education promoters,to stamdardize the education.The teachers need an encouraging and payment after working.
    Finally,I want to recommend the enclusion of our LOCAL LANUAGES in the WASSCE Syllabus,so that student interested in reading Sierra Leonean languages will find it easy in the Universities a Colleges.


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