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WAEC: 262,803 Candidates' Results Withheld

WAEC: 262,803 Candidates' Results Withheld

The results of 262,803 candidates who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been withheld by the  West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

WAEC's Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, revealed this at a news conference where the release of the results was announced.

Areghan disclosed that the results were withheld for issues connected to examination malpractice.

He noted that the figure makes up 16.29 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the WASSCE.

According to the WAEC don, the rate is 6.54 per cent lower than the 22.83 per cent recorded in the same diet for School Candidates in 2022.

“The reasons for this are not far-fetched. Candidates are no longer ready to study, they lack self-confidence and preparations for examinations are poor. There is over-reliance on the so-called ‘Expo’, which is non-existent.

“Candidates got frustrated when they got to the examination hall and discovered that all they had celebrated was fake. This has pitiably led to some of them failing the examination,” he said.

Areghan explained that investigations were ongoing on all the reported cases and reports would be presented to the relevant committee of the council for consideration and final decisions.

He added that the committee's decision would be conveyed to the affected candidates through their schools when the time comes.

“Candidates affected by these decisions can now call for redress if they so wish. This is our humble way of giving the candidates a fair hearing and thus, maintaining their fundamental human rights,” he explained.

Giving a breakdown of the results, Areghan said a total of 1,621,884 candidates registered for the examination, from 20,867 verified secondary schools in the country. He noted that 1,613,733 of the registered candidates sat for the examination. 

Areghan added that 70,794 of the candidates are with varying degrees of special needs.

109 are visually impaired, 386 with impaired hearing, 33 are spastic and mentally challenged and 34 others physically challenged. 

He however stated that the results of a total of 1,476,565, representing 91.5 per cent were fully processed and released.

"A total of 1,287,920 candidates, representing 79.81 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“Of this number, 616,914, that is 47.9 per cent, were male candidates, while 671,006, that is 52.1 per cent, were female candidates.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates in 2022, that is, those who obtained credit and above in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 76.36 per cent, thus, there is a 3.45 per cent decrease in performance in this regard.”

The WAEC don warned state governments who are yet to pay council registration fees for their candidates should do so, stating that they would not be able to access their results until they pay.

 “I need to restate that the results of candidates sponsored by states indebted to the council will not be released now until they pay up," he added.


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