The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released 2016 May/June results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), with about 53% of the candidates obtaining credits in at least five subjects including Mathematics and English Language.
Obtaining credit in the two subjects—English and Mathematics is a prerequisite for admission into most tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The results, according to WAEC, were released on Friday, August 5, 2016.
The examinations body, however, announced that it withheld the results of 137,295 candidates, representing 8.89 per cent of those who took the examinations.
Head, Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr D. Olanipekun hinted on Friday that the decision to withhold the result was alleged involvement of the affected candidates in examination malpractice.
According to Olanipekun, “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,” he said.
The exams body said that of the 1, 552, 758 students who sat for the May/June exams, 878,040 candidates, representing 52.97 per cent, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
“A total of 1,014,573 candidates, representing 65.70 per cent obtained six credits and above, 1,167,484 candidates, representing 75.60 per cent obtained five credits and above while 1,282,204 candidates, representing 83.03 per cent obtained credit and above in four subjects,” it said.
“1,370,049 candidates, representing 88.72 per cent obtained credit and above in three subjects, 1,438,679 candidates, representing 93.16 per cent obtained credit and above in two subjects,” he said.
On its Twitter page, WAEC Nigeria announced on Friday evening that the malpractice cases were being investigated and reports of the investigation would be presented to the appropriate committee of the Council in due course.
The body also said subsequently, that the committee’s decisions would be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools.