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Nov/Dec WASSCE: WAEC records 38% credit in English, maths

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Out of 172,699 students who took this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates, a total of 66,497, representing 38 percent, recorded five credits and above in five subjects, including Mathematics and English Language.

A total of 106,202 candidates, representing 62 per cent, however, failed to obtain credits in both English and Mathematics.

Out of the 19 visually-challenged candidates who took the examination, only four of them obtained credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

The Head of National Office of the West African Examinations Council, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, stated these on Friday while announcing the release of the results in Lagos.

Adenipekun, who said the council would soon commence holding the examination twice in a year, however, noted that the result was an improvement on the 2014 and 2015 results.

He said, “A total of 66, 497 candidates, representing 38.50 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics. The percentage of candidates that obtained five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, in the WASSCE for private candidates in 2014 and 2015 was 29.37 per cent and 20.59 per cent respectively.

“Plans to conduct a second diet of the examination are already at an advanced stage of approval. It may be possible next year.”

Out of the 172, 699 candidates who registered for the examination, Adenipekun said 1,210 candidates, representing 0.69 per cent, had a few of their results still being processed due to errors.

He added that the errors were being corrected to enable the candidates get their full results.

However, the HNO said the results of 13,488 candidates, representing 7.81 per cent, were being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

He said, “For the May/June examination, we work with schools and assist them to make sure that the biometric and biodata of the pupils are properly captured and uploaded. But with private candidates, they have to access our portal individually and upload their biodata.

“Some of the candidates, out of anxiety, will rush to answer the questions without writing their names and examination numbers. We will continue to educate the candidates such that the errors are reduced.”

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