The West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) has released results of the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE),with 38.68 per cent candidates obtaining five credits, including English and Mathematics.
According to results released, there was improvement of 7.40 per cent on candidates’ performances this year against last year where only 31.28 per cent made five credits, including English and Mathematics.
The 38.68 candidates are the people who qualified to gain admission into tertiary institutions.
Announcing the result yesterday, WAEC Head of National Office (HNO) Mr. Charles Eguridu, said that a total of 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68 per cent, obtained credit in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
According to him, the statistics of candidates who obtained five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics in the last three years’ shows that there was an improvement in the candidates’ performances this year.
He also said that the results of 118,101 candidates, representing 7.41 per cent are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.
“The cases 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. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools,” he said.
The HNO said that 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 per cent have their results fully released, while 95,373 candidates, representing 5.99 per cent 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” he said.
He also said that total number of candidates that sat the examination, 758,849 candidates, representing 47.62 per cent obtained six credits and above, 949,862 candidates, representing 59.61 per cent obtained five credits and above, while 1,114,988 candidates, representing 69.97 per cent obtained credit and above in four subjects.
In addition, he said 1,295,915 candidates, representing 78.81 per cent obtained credit and above in three subjects, while 1,376,743 candidates, representing 86.40 per cent obtained credit and above in two subjects
He further added that a total number of 109 blind candidates registered for and sat the examination.
And out of the 109 candidates 20 candidates, representing 18.34 per cent obtained credit in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Eguridu advised the candidates who sat for the May/June 2015 WASSCE to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 24 hours.
“You will recall that when I addressed you on this issue on July 27, 2015, 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” he said.
He said, after reviewing the situation, the Council decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, assuring that the Council will be paid.
According to him, this decision was in appreciation of the general prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardize the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states WAEC descides not to withhold their candidates’ results.
He also disclosed that the National Council of Education (NCE), the highest policy-making organ on education in Nigeria, has mandated WAEC to begin examining new subjects with effect from the May/June 2014 school certificate examination diet, saying that examination was also conducted at four centres in the Republic of Benin and one centre in Cote d’lvoire.
He also thanked sate Federal and State Ministries of Education and various security agencies for their support during the conduct of the examination.
“The Coordination and Marking of candidates’ scripts for the May/June 2015 WASSCE took place between June 16 and July 8, 2015 at 91 marking venues all over the Federation and we thank our Chief Examiners, Team Leaders, Assistant Examiners and Checkers for their dedication and commitment during the exercise. We are also most grateful to our host schools that availed us of the use of their facilities despite their other commitments and challenges” he said.
He also said that with effect from the May/June 2014 WASSCE, the Council introduced a device known as Candidate Identity Verification, Attendance, Malpractice and Post Examinations Management System (CIVAMPEMS). An ICT-Driven device to enable supervisors and staff of the Council on examination duty, to address and record the processes, real time, during the conduct of each paper.
The devices includes identity verification, capturing and recording of occurrences as they happen, such as candidates’ attendance and examination malpractice and transmit same to our data base saying with this, the Council was able to generate valid examination reports for each examination centre.
“This device was also used to monitor the movement of supervisors between custodian points and examination centres. It was also used at marking venues to record malpractice, which made the compilation of the withhold list faster and less stressful and, subsequently, made the processing of results easier” he said.
According to him, due to the high incidence of lost or missing certificates, the Council has also introduced “Attestation of Results” which can be obtained on request, to serve as replacement for lost or missing certificates, since we do not issue certificates twice.