WAEC’s Head of National Office in Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan who disclosed this in a release on Friday said: ” The 413 candidates, representing 4.95% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.”
According to him, the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course.
In the breakdown of the WASSCE results, Areghan said: “Of the total number of EIGHT THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT (8,348) candidates that sat the examination, FOUR THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE (4,161) were males while FOUR THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT-SEVEN (4,187) were females, representing 49.84% and 50.16%, respectively.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, EIGHT THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THREE (8,253) candidates, representing 98.87% have their results fully processed and released while NINETY-FIVE (95) candidates, representing 1.13% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates.”
According to the HNO, the examination was conducted in Nigeria between Tuesday, January 31, 2023, and Friday, February 17, 2023. The Coordination of Examiners and Marking of Candidates Scripts were carried out at Three (3) Marking Venues in Ibadan, Enugu, and Abuja from Wednesday, March 8, to Thursday, March 23, 2023. A total of Four Hundred and Eighty-Seven (487) Examiners participated in the Coordination and Marking Exercise.
Areghan said: “EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT (8,738) candidates (representing a 16% increase, when compared with the 2022 entry figure) entered for the examination, while EIGHT THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT (8,348) candidates sat the examination at TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-TWO (262) centres spread across the nooks and crannies of the country.
“Amongst the candidates that sat the examination, TWENTY-SEVEN (27) candidates, with varying degrees of Special Needs, were registered for the examination. Out of this number, EIGHT (8) were visually challenged, TWO (2) had impaired hearing and FOUR (4) were Albinos. All these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination.”
Further analysis of candidates’ results show that out of the EIGHT THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT (8,348) candidates that sat the examination:
TWO THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY (2,960) candidates representing 35.46% obtained credit and above in a minimum of FIVE (5) subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics);
TWO THOUSAND AND THREE (2,003) candidates representing 23.99% obtained credit and above in a minimum of FIVE (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
He said: ‘Of this number, NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-ONE (971) i.e., 48.48% were male candidates, while ONE THOUSAND AND THIRTY-TWO (1,032) i.e. 51.52% were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2021 and 2022 First Series, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, were 30.11% and 26.32% respectively.
“Thus, there is a marginal decrease of 2.33% in performance in this regard.
“This analysis, however, cannot be compared with that of the WASSCE for School Candidates. Whereas the candidate in the WASSCE for School Candidates Examination is compelled to sit eight or nine subjects, the candidate in the WASSCE for Private Candidates Examination, though can register for eight or nine subjects, is not compelled to take all.
“He/she is free to sit, even one subject, depending on the deficiency he/she wants to remedy. For him/her, therefore, the examination is only a remedial one a remedy for an existing deficiency.
“From the above, it will not be true or fair to say that the performance in this examination has dwindled.”
Areghan urged candidates who sat the examination to visit www.waecdirect.org to check their results.
‘Candidates will also be required to apply for their certificates online, through the WAEC Certificate Request Portal (e-Certman) website: https://certrequest.waec.ng/,” he added.