49% candidates make credit as WAEC releases examination results
The West Africa Examination Council on Wednesday released the results of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School candidates with a total of seven hundred and eight six thousand and sixteen (786,016) candidates representing 49.98% obtaining credits and above in minimum of five (5) subjects including English language and mathematics.
Olutise Adenipekun, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC at a press briefing at the council’s training and testing center office in Ogba Lagos said that out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination in Nigeria, one million four hundred and seventy thousand three hundred and thirty eight(1,470,338) candidates, representing 93.51% have their results fully processed and released while one hundred and two thousand and fifty eight (102,058) candidates representing 6.49% have their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of their registration, or writing the examination.
Adenipekun while giving a detailed statistics of the result disclosed that a total of one million five hundred and seventy two thousand three hundred and ninety six (1,576,396) candidates that sat for the exam, one million two hundred and thirteen thousand two hundred and forty four (1,213,244) candidates representing 76.84% obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects i.e with or without English language and or mathematics.
He observed that the percentages of the WAEC result have fluctuated over the years for 2016, the percentage was 52.97% adding that there was a decline in 2018 which was 49.98% when compared to the figure of 59.22% in 2017.
According to him, a total number of one million five hundred and seventy eight thousand, eight hundred and forty six (1,578,846) candidates registered for the exams from seventeen thousand eight hundred and eighty six (17,886) recognised secondary schools in Nigeria, out of which one million, five hundred and seventy two thousand three hundred and ninety six (1,576,396) candidates sat for the examination.
The HNO further said that a total of one thousand three hundred and twenty eight (1,328) candidates with varying degrees of special needs, registered for the examination. Out of this number251 were visually challenged, 783 had impaired hearing, 123 had low vision, 88 were spastic cum mentally challenged, 83 were physically challenged. All of them with special needs were adequately provided for.
He observed that the rate of Exam malpractice in this year’s examination cannot be said to be different from other years. “We just hope for a significant change in the future as regards exam malpractices. Investigations are still being carried out on it”, he said.
He enjoined candidates who sat for the examination to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website within the next few hours.