The West African Examinations Council has announced that results of 170,146 candidates have been withheld for investigation.
The Head, Nigeria National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, made this disclosure while announcing the release of the WASSCE result on Monday.
He said: “The results of 170,146 candidates, representing 10.9 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
“The increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall and organised cheating in some schools are other big concerns. All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the Council for determination in due course,” he said.
He also added that there was an appreciable 16.46 per cent improvement, saying the percentage of candidates in the category in the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020 was 65.24 per cent.
Areghan noted that out of the 1,560,261 million candidates that sat the examination, 1,398,370 million candidates, representing 89.62%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination in Nigeria, 1,256,990 million candidates, representing 80.56% have their results fully processed and released while 303,271 candidates, representing 19.44 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some issues being resolved,” Areghan said.
It would be recalled that over 5,ooo candidates result were withheld in the 2020 WASSCE, with only 38.82 per cent making credits in five subjects (including Mathematics and English).