The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) yesterday released the results of the November/December 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates
The statistics of the results show that only 38.50 per cent made credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics. This announcement was made at the WAEC national headquarters in Yaba, Lagos by the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Olu Adenipekun. He revealed that the percentage represents 66,497 of 172,699 candidates who sat for the examination held between October 26 and November 14, 2016. He further stated that only 29.37 per cent reached the bench in 2014 and 20.50 per cent in 2015, so it can be seen as a bit of progress of some sort.
During the announcement, he also said 1,210 candidates representing 0.69 per cent will not be able to access all their results immediately because of errors being corrected. In his words: “13,488 (7.81 per cent) candidates’ results have been withheld and are being investigated for involvement in examination malpractice. The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course for consideration. The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates thereafter.”
Giving the statistics of candidates for the examination, the HNO said 51.12 per cent (88,290) were males, while 48.88 per cent (84,409) were females. He said 19 were visually challenged.
He also talked on the backlog of payment by state governments for the May/June WASSCE. He said no results were being withheld because of lack of payment. He added that governments still owing are gradually offsetting their debts. In his words: “I am not aware of any state in Nigeria still owing WAEC examination fees. We have some that have not completely paid. But they have given us a payment plan. They pay something every month.”
When the session ended, he thanked various stakeholders for their contributions to making the examination a success.