• Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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WAEC withholds results for 13 indebted states

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as only 38.68% passed Maths, English

The academic future of candidates in 13 states still indebted to WAEC is uncertain as the examination body made true its earlier promise of not releasing their results when on Monday it released results of the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The states, which Charles Eguridu, head of Nigerian office declined to name, may be the states experiencing financial challenge and inability to pay workers.

In explaining the reason behind the decision not to name the states, the Eguridu observed that he would not want politicians to hijack the situation against their opponents, noting that if any of the states that were owing could get an advanced payment guarantee from any reputable banks, students’ results in such states would be released.

According to him, “I alerted the nation on the challenges which the Council was facing in Nigeria as a result of this indebtedness, and its adverse effects on our operations. I had stated then that the Council may be constrained from releasing the results of government-sponsored candidates of the affected states.

“After my pronouncement, a few of the debtor states responded by paying their debts fully or partially; while a few others made promises, indicating their willingness to pay as soon as they are able to do so. Others have not made any efforts in addressing the matter.

“After reviewing the situation, the Council has decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, so that the Council will be assured that the fees will be paid. This decision is in appreciation of the general prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardise the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states.”

Eguridu however said that six states among the 19 states owing the Council had paid their debt, with 13 states yet to fully comply.

While announcing the result at its Yaba office, Lagos, Eguridu disclosed that out of 1,593,442 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68 percent obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

He informed that there was a slight improvement in the results from previous years, noting that in 2013, candidates who obtained five credits in English and Mathematics were 639,760, representing 38.30 percent, while in 2014, 529,425, representing 31.28 percent obtained five credits in English and Mathematics.

He said that the results of 118,101 candidates, representing 7.41 percent are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice. According to him, the cases of such students are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC) of the Council in due course for consideration.

Also, he noted that a total number of 109 blind candidates registered for and sat the examination. From this figure, 20 candidates, representing 18.34% obtained credit in 5 subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

In the breakdown of results, the head of national office of WAEC  “A total of 1,605,248 candidates registered for the May/June 2015 WASSCE, out of which 1,593,442 candidates, consisting of 864,096 male and 729,346 female candidates sat the examination.

“Out of the total number of candidates who sat the examination, 1,498,069 candidates, representing 94.01 percent have their results fully released, while 95,373 candidates, representing 5.99 percent have 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.

“Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 758,849 candidates, representing 47.62% obtained six (6) credits and above; 949,862 candidates, representing 59.61% obtained five (5) credits and above, while 1,114,988 candidates, representing 69.97 % obtained credit and above in four (4) subjects. In addition, 1,295,915 candidates, representing 78.81% obtained credit and above in three (3) subjects, while 1,376,743 candidates, representing 86.40% obtained credit and above in two (2) subjects.  However, a total of 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68%, obtained credit in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

He called on Candidates who sat the May/June 2015 WASSCE to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website within the next 24 hours.