The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday released the results of the May/June 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Head of Nigeria National office of WAEC, Mr. Olu Olanipekun, who addressed newsmen at the Yaba headquarters of the Council in Lagos, said candidates can now check their results online.
He said 64.18 per cent of candidates who sat for the exams obtained five credits, including English Language and Mathematics. According to him, this is an improvement against last year’s performance which was 52.18 per cent.
Olanipekun however disclosed that results of 180,205 candidates were withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. He said the cases are being investigated and reports of the Investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council in due course.
He also gave the following analysis:
- Candidates that registered for the exam – 1,596,161
- Candidates that sat for the exam – 1,590,173
- Candidates who made credits and above in minimum of five subjects, including English and Mathematics – 1,020,519
- Number of male candidates – 507, 862 (49.77%)
- Number of female candidates – 512,657 (50.23%)
- Candidates whose results were withheld – 180,205 (11.33%)
- Recognised secondary schools registered for the exam – 18,639
- Candidates with special needs registered for the exam – 1,918 out of this number 299 were visually challenged, 842 had impaired hearing; 158 had low vision; 75 spastic cum mentally challenged, and 85 were physically challenged.
On the issue of examination malpractice, HNO said the Council has developed technology to discover fraud among the candidates. Also, we have developed a devise, Smart identify card to checkmate impersonation.
In a related development, Olanipekun said it is unfortunate for school owners to charge WAEC candidates extra fees, saying the Council does not charged outside the fee published in the media.
He also confirmed that “some candidates in some states will not be able to access their results because of nonpayment of the exam fees. Many states, particularly ten in the North usually pay for the candidates. We still have some that are making effort at settling their debt”.