The Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council, Olu Adenipekun, has announced the release of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates, 2019 – First Series, where 3,102 candidates obtained credit in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and General Mathematics.
This represents only 26.08 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination which ended on January 4.
Adenipekun made this public in a briefing on Tuesday at the WAEC National Office in Yaba, Lagos, where he also disclosed that of the 11,892 candidates who sat for the examination, 6,180 were male and 5,712 were female.
While expressing joy for the successful conduct of the exam, he said, “On behalf of the Registrar to Council of WAEC, my heart is full of joy, particularly, for the successful conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2019 – First Series which ended on Monday, February 4, 2019. Thirty days after the conclusion of the examination, I am happy to announce the release of the results.
“For the 2019 diet, 12,202 candidates registered for the examination out of which 11,892 candidates sat for the examination. Of the number of candidates that sat for the examination, 6,180 were male and 5,712 were female, representing 52 and 48 per cent respectively.
“A total of 11,686 candidates, representing 98.27 per cent, have their results fully processed and released, while 206 candidates, representing 1.73 per cent, have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released subsequently.”
Giving a breakdown of the 11,686 results released, Adenipekun said 376 results were being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice and were being investigated.
He added that there was an increase in the number of candidates that had five credits compared to the 2018 WASSCE for Private Candidates.
“A total of 3,102 candidates, representing 26.08 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and General Mathematics. The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018 – First Series was 17.5 per cent.
“A total of 8,782 candidates, representing 75.15 per cent, obtained credit and above in two subjects; 7,332 candidates, representing 62.74 per cent, obtained credit and above in three subjects; 5,850 candidates, representing 50.06 per cent, obtained credit and above in four subjects; and 4,314 candidates, representing 36.28 per cent, obtained credit and above in five subjects.
“The result of 376 candidates, representing 3.16 per cent of the total candidature for the examination, 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,” Adenipekun said.