.Says No Date For WASSCE For Schools Yet
The West African Examination Council (WAEC), Nigeria has released results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE) for private candidates, 2021-First Series.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Head of the Nigeria National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan said the examination which took place between February 15 and March 11, 2021 was successfully conducted under strict COVID-19 protocols.
“We are happy to report that throughout the conduct of the examination, there was no reported case of any invigilator, supervisor, WAEC staff or any examination functionary, for that matter, being infected with the dreaded Coronavirus disease”
He explained that a total of Seven Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety, 7,690 representing 38 percent decline, when compared with the 2020 entry figure entered for the examination, while Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty -Nine, 7,289 candidates actually sat the examination at 252 centres spread across the country.
“Of the total number of Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine, 7,289 candidates that sat for the examination 3, 593 were males while 3, 696 were females representing 49.29 percent and 50.71 percent respectively.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 7, 174 candidates representing 98.42 percent have their results fully processed and released while 115 candidates, representing 1.58 percent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates.
The HNO added that the analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates shows that out of the 7, 289 candidates that sat the examination 2, 195 candidates representing 30.11 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number, 1,074 that is 48.93 percent were male candidates while 1,121 that is 51.07 percent were female candidates.
“Also, Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-Eight (2,938) candidates representing 40.31 percent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics; out of which One Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety Six (1,396) were male and One Thousand five Hundred and Forty Two (1,542) were female candidates, representing 47.52%and 52.48 % respectively;
He also disclosed that the results of Five Hundred and Ninety-Nine (599) candidates, representing 8.22% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are 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 for determination in due course.
“This low number is as a result of the rigorous monitoring/inspection of centres embarked upon by the Council’s staff throughout the duration of the examination.
He however added that the percentage of candidates, 2019 and 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, were 26.08 and 32.23 percent respectively.” Thus, there is a marginal decrease of 2.12 percent in performance in this regards.
Areghan explained further that the number of candidates that had five credits including English Language and Mathematics may not necessarily be a basis for judging the level of performance because the examination is a remedial one.
“Some candidates may just need only one or two papers, other than English Language and Mathematics to remedy their admission deficiencies.
“Candidates who sat the examination are now free to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org.”
The HNO said candidates should ignore rumours being peddled by some people regarding the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021 adding that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector and that the academic calendar has been distorted.
“It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released. All stakeholders are requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear from WAEC,” he said.
Appealing to school principals and proprietors to keep to the stipulated timelines for the enrolment of candidates for the examination, Areghan said it is important to re-emphasize the role of Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS) in the computation of candidates’ results.
“All schools are advised to get this aspect of the registration process right in order to make the entry processes seamless.”