As the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Monday, announced the release of results of the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in Nigeria (WASSCE), results 215,149 candidates who sat for the exam were withheld.
According to WAEC, the results of the candidates representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates who participated in the examination are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractices.
This was made known by by the Head of WAEC, Nigeria, Patrick Areghan at a briefing with press men in Lagos, while announcing the official release of this year’s WASSCE.
Areghan said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigation will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for the determination in due course. The Committee decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various school.”
“81,718 candidates, representing 5.31 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates.
Effort are being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released. Subsequently, “ Areghan explained.
The WAEC HNO further added that “ the analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,538,445 candidates who sat the examination, 1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (that is with or without English Language and / or Mathematics;
“1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent , obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number 497,139, that is 49.53 per cent were male candidates while 506, 529, that is 50.47 per cent were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for school Candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18 per cent. Thus, there is a marginal 1.06 per cent movement in performance in this regard.”
Areghan also informed that the “certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days counting from today.”
It would be recalled that the 2019 West African Secondary School Examination results shows that 180 candidates representing 11.33 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination were withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
A total of 1, 309, 570 candidates representing 82.35 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (that is with or without English Language and / or Mathematics).