*As council withholds 215,000 results
The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has released the results for the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with a total of 923, 486 candidates representing 59.22 percent obtaining minimum of credits in five subjects and above including English language and Mathematics.
Addressing journalists on Monday at the WAEC National Office, Yaba, Lagos, the Head National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said a total of 1,567,016 candidates registered for the examination while 1,559,162 candidates sat for the examination.
Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 829,853 representing 53.22 were males while 729,309 representing 46.27 were females.
Adenipekun said 1,471,151 representing 94.36 percent candidates have their results fully processed and released while 95,734 representing 5.64 percent candidates have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.
He also announced that the results of 214,952 candidates representing 13.79 percent of the total candidates for 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 in due course for consideration. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools’, he said.
Giving the breakdown of the results, the Head of National Office said 1,490,356 candidates representing 95.59 percent obtained credits and above in two subjects, 1,436,024 representing 92.44 percent obtained credits and above in three subjects while 1,357,193 representing 87.5 percent obtained credits and above in four subjects.
He said 1,243,772 candidates representing 79.77 obtained credits and above in five subjects and 1,084,214 candidates representing 69.54 percent obtained credits and above in six subjects and a total of 923,486 representing 59.22 percent obtained minimum of credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.
He said this is an improvement compared to the percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for school candidates in 2015 and 2016 which was 38.68 percent and 52.97 percent respectively.
“Candidates who sat the examination will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next few hours. The Result checker PIN and Serial Number are contained on the flip side of the candidates’ CIVAMPENS Card issued to all candidates by WAEC and used by them during the conduct of the examination”, he said.
He said the early release of the results was made possible due to the upgrade and enhancement of the Council’s ICT facilities, particularly the recently commissioned HP Converged System coupled with the progressive review of Council’s processes and procedures.