…Withholds over 5,000 results
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Monday, announced the release of the results for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates 2020 (second series).
Picture caption: WAEC office in Lagos
According to the head of the Council in Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, only 39.82 percent made credits in five subjects (including Mathematics and English).
“Out of this number, twelve thousand and forty (12,040) i. e. 49.16% were male candidates, while twelve thousand, four hundred and fifty-one (12,451) i.e. 50.84% were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018 and 2019, that is, those who obtained a credit score and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, were 35.99% and 35.10% respectively”, he said.
Areghan added that out of the 61,509 candidates who took the examination, 5,548 (9.02 percent) had their results withheld because of alleged involvement in examination malpractice. He further explained that the 66,375 candidates registered for the examination represented a 31.63 per cent decline in enrolment in the examination, which he said was due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The WAEC boss also announced the opening of registration for the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates, three months behind schedule.