The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has recorded an improved performance in this year’s May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), as a total of 878,040 candidates representing 52.97 per cent of the 1,544,234 candidates that sat for the examination, obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.
In the 2014 and 2015 WASSCE, the percentage of candidates that obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics was 31.28 per cent and 38.68 per cent respectively.
Announcing the release of the results in Lagos yesterday, the Head of the Nigeria National Office (HNO), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, attributed the improvement to the hard work and commitment of the students, teachers, government and other stakeholders in the education sector. He expressed hope that the trend would continue next year and beyond.
He said out of the 1,544,234 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,393,907 candidates, representing 90.26 per cent had their results fully released, while 158,718 candidates, representing 9.74 per cent had a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.
“Such errors are being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.”
A further analysis showed that 1,014,573 candidates, representing 65.70 per cent obtained six credits and above; 1,167,484 candidates (75.60 per cent) obtained five credits and above; 1,282,204 candidates (83.03 per cent) obtained credit and above in four subjects; 1,370,094 (88.72 per cent) obtained credits and above in three subjects; while 1,438,679 candidates (93.16 per cent) obtained credits and above in two subjects.
Adenipekun stated that a total of 133 visually challenged candidates registered and sat for the examination; out of who 23 candidates (17.29 per cent) obtained credit in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
According to him, candidates who sat for the examination would be able to check the details of their performance on the council’s results website www.waecdirect.org saturday.
However he said candidates whose state governments were still indebted to the council would not be able to access their results immediately.