Precisely 59.22 per cent of 1,559,192 candidates, who wrote the May/June 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) made credits in five subjects, including english and mathematics, it was learnt yesterday.
Announcing the results at the WAEC headquarters in Lagos, the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Olu Adenipekun said the performance was a significant improvement to last year’s 52.97 per cent and 2015, which was 38.68 per cent.
“There has been a significant improvement and it is our hope that this will continue and not just be a fluke. We hope schools will take advantage of this to prepare students better for the examination,” he said.
The HNO said the council would conduct examinations for private candidates twice in a year from next year.
Adenipekun, however, said two categories of candidates will have to wait for some of their results either to be released or cancelled.
Results of candidates in the first group (95,734) are still being processed because of errors traceable to them and 214,952 others are investigated for examination malpractices.
“The results of 214,952 candidates, representing 13.79 per cent of the total candidature for the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of 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 through their schools,” he said.
Adenipekun said WAEC was able to achieve its Project 60 target of releasing results 60 days after examination, owing to improved ICT facilities.
He added that the council would work towards even earlier releases in future.
“We came up with Project 60, a self-imposed time limit for candidates to wait for release of result after the examination. We are hoping to be able to release the result even faster. We are looking at 45 days next time,” he said.
Regarding the conduct of two separate examinations for private candidates yearly, Adenipekun said the decision was taken at 65th Annual Council Meeting of WAEC member countries in Abuja in March.
“I am happy to inform you that the Nigeria National Office of the council has concluded arrangements to commence the conduct of the additional diet of the WASSCE for private candidates from January/February, 2018,” he said.