West African Examinations Council, WAEC on Wednesday released results of West African Senior School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE), in Lagos with 49.98 per cent obtaining five credits in English Language and Mathematics.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) pointed out that the performance of candidates sitting for its examination is on the decline as only 49.98 per cent of the candidates, who wrote its 2018 school certificate examination, obtained credit passes and above as it withholds 102,058 results.
The council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Olu Adenipekun, while speaking at a press conference to announce the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), said the credit passes included English Language and Mathematics.
Giving a breakdown of the statistics of performance of candidates in the examination, he said a total of 1,578,846 registered for the examination in Nigeria, of which 1,572,396 of them sat for the examination.
Adenipekun said a total of 786,016 candidates, representing 49.98 per cent who sat for the examination, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.
The performance, according to him when compared to what was obtained in the same examination in 2016 and 2017, showed a decline.
“If we should compare the performance of candidates for this year’s examination under this category with that of 2016, which was 52.97 and in 2017; 59.22, we are safe to say it is fluctuating, just as it is declining. These statistics are clear for you to see and make your judgment,” he said.
Adenipekun added that of the total number of candidates, who wrote the examination, 1,470,338 of them had their results fully processed and released.
He explained that a total of 102,058 other candidates had a few of their subjects still being processed, due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or while writing the examination.
The HNO assured that such errors were being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.
He also said that a total of 1,213,244 candidates obtained credits and above in a minimum of any five subjects, with or without English Language and or Mathematics.
The WAEC official added that 858,424 other candidates obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language but without Mathematics.
Adenipekun acknowledged that there were cases of malpractice, noting that it was minimal.
“For cases that are established as in other previous examinations, the council is already looking at them,” he said.
He added that this year’s examination witnessed the participation of a total of 1,328 candidates with varying degrees of special needs.
According to him, out of the number, 251 candidates are visually challenged, 783 with impaired hearing; 123 others have low vision while 88 others are spastic cum mentally challenged.
He added that 83 of them were physically challenged.
The HNO said that the candidates, who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the council were free to check the details of their performance on the council’s result website.