…79.81% Secure Five Credits Including Maths, English
The West African Examination Council, (WAEC) has released the 2023 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE) for school candidates with1,287,920 representing 79.81%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday to announce the results, the Head of Nigeria National Office, (HNO), Mr. Patrick Areghan said of this number, 616,914, that is 47.9% were male candidates, while 671,006 that is 52.1% were female candidates.
According to him, the percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 76.36%. Thus, there is 3.45% decrease in performance in this regard.
“Also, the analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of 1,613,733 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,361,608 candidates, representing 84.38%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects, that is with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.”
He however said out of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination in Nigeria, 1,476,565) candidates, representing 91.5% have their results fully processed and released while (137,168 candidates, representing 8.5% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some shortcomings, non-challant, lethargy, incomplete CASS upload, disobedience of rubrics, etc associated with the schools and candidates concerned.
He added that efforts are being made to complete the resolution process to enable all the affected candidates to speedily get their results fully processed and released within the next couple of days.
The HNO also disclosed that a total of 1,621,884 candidates registered for the examination from 20,867 recognized secondary schools in the country.
“Of the number that registered for the examination, 1,613,733 candidates sat the examination.
“The examination was also administered to candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea, where the Nigerian curriculum for Senior Secondary Schools is being used.
“I also wish to report that a total of Seventy Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-Four (70,794) candidates, with varying degrees of Special Needs, registered for the examination. Out of this number, 109 were visually impaired, 386 had impaired hearing; 33 were spastic cum mentally challenged and 34 were physically challenged.
“All these candidates were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination. The results of these candidates have been processed and are also now being released along with those of other candidates’, he said.
“Of the total number of 1,613,733 candidates that sat the examination, 794,280 were males while Eight Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty-Three (819,453) were females, representing 49.22%% and 50.78%, respectively,” he explained.
Areghan further disclosed that the results of 262,803 candidates, representing 16.29% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
“This is 6.54% lower than the 22.83% recorded in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 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, which, if they had relied on themselves and studied adequately, would have passed like many others.
He added that the Council will continue to sanction all cases of examination malpractice. “Schools, supervisors, teachers and candidates perpetrating this evil are not helping the educational system.
“The increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall and organised cheating in some schools are unabating. All the reported cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for consideration and final decisions.
“The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools in due course. 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.
“The results of candidates who wrote the WASSCE for School Candidates 2023 are being uploaded on the results website, as I speak a very big innovation is that after checking the result, candidates can access their Digital certificate simultaneously.
“That is the Digital certificates of candidates who sat for the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2023 and have no pending issues, by way of unresolved queries or hanging cases of examination malpractice, are ready on the Digital certificate platform! Printing of the physical (hard copy) certificates will commence 90 days from today. This is an innovation that will make admission processes seamless, and with a high level of mobility.”
The HNO listed challenges during the examination to include insecurity; Non-Adherence to Registration Deadline; Financial Issues/Inflation and Rogue Website Operators/Shameless Connivance of Some Supervisors among others.
On achievements, the HNO whose tenure ends soon include establishment of a functional WAEC Nigeria Digital Printing Press (WNDPP) after 71 years of existence; Launch of Digital Certificate (DigiCert) platform; Launch of Educational Statistics (EDUSTAT) platform that enables stakeholders to access statistics online; WAEC ChatBot that enables stakeholders to access all WAEC services online, real-time even in the comfort of your home.
Others include: WAEC Verify – that enables institutions to access candidates’ results through direct link to WAEC database; WAEC e-Study Library which exposes students to learning materials – past question papers, answers and marking scheme (To be launched soon); Robust computer based test services at our state-of-the-art WAEC Testing and Training Centre (WTTC), Ogba, Lagos.
“Centre Locator, that enables the supervisor or inspector to locate any school-centre during the conduct of the examinations without missing their way; Promotion of staff welfare and Conduct of all examinations since 2020, release of results, printing and issue of certificates to deserving candidates,” he stated.