January 19, 2021

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Literature Texts/Syllabus For WAEC/WASSCE 2021 – 2025

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Did you know that the new literature-in-English texts or syllabus for WAEC/WASSCE 2021- 2025 is out? Yes, the reading texts for poems, plays and novels you will need for the academic sessions that will span 2021 till 2025 has been released by WAEC.

As we are still in 2020, the new literature texts for WAEC takes effect next year 2021. This means that if you’re a teacher, you can start teaching students in SSS1 and SSS2 the new texts. As for the SS3 students, they will still be taught using the 2016-2020 syllabus as it expires this year.

Literature Texts For WAEC/WASSCE 2021 – 2025

Drama Text for contextual questions in the Objective

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

African Poetry

“Black Woman” by Leopard Sedar Senghor

“The Leader and the Led” by Niyi Osundare

“The Green Lands” by Agostinho Neto

“The Songs of the Woman of my Land” by Oumar Farouk Sesay

“Raider of the Treasure Trove” by Lade Wosomu

“A Government Driver On His Retirement” by Onu Chibuike

Non-African Poetry

“The Good-Morrow” by John Donne

“Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou

“The Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Eliot

“Do not Go Gentle into the Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

“Binsey Poplars (felled 1879)” by G.M. Hopkins

“Bat” by David H. Lawrence


African Prose

Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

Unexpected Joy at Dawn by Alex Agyei-Agyiri (2018 edition)

Non-African Prose

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

African Drama

Let Me Die Alone by John K. Kargbo

The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

Non-African Drama

Look Back in Anger by John Osborne

Fences by August Wilson

There you have it.

How to Excel in Literature-in-English in WAEC/WASSCE

Now that you have the full list of recommended texts needed for the 2021-2025 WAEC/WASSCE literature, you should start preparing. And one of the best ways to prepare hard for literature examinations is to read the texts. Yes, reading the given texts goes a long way in your understanding of the books. Also, when you read the texts, you will be able to analyse it very well. It is a deeper understanding of the texts that will bring about a brilliant analysis. It is after this exercise that an extra material probably online becomes useful.

In all, what is most important is not that you have the list of the texts, what is most important is that you have begun to study each of the given texts thoroughly ahead of your examinations. As you do this and complement it with online materials, passing literature in flying colours becomes achievable.

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