The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results of the November/December 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates. 38.50 per cent of those who sat for the exams recorded credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
Announcing the release of the results on Fridayday at the WAEC national headquarters in Yaba, Lagos, the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Olu Adenipekun, said the percentage represents 66,497 of 172,699 candidates who sat for the examination held between October 26 and November 14, 2016.
Adenipekun said only 29.37 per cent reached the bench in 2014 and 20.50 per cent in 2015.
While 1,210 candidates representing 0.69 per cent will not be able to access all their results immediately because of errors being corrected, Adenipekun said 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,” he said.
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. Of the lot, 19 were visually challenged.
He thanked various stakeholders for their contributions to making the examination a success.
Regarding the backlog of payment by state governments for the May/June WASSCE, Adenipekun said no results were being withheld because of lack of payment. He added that governments still owing are gradually offsetting their debts.
“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,” he said.