The West African Examination Council WAEC) on Friday announced the release of the results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates (November / December) 2016 with the results of 13, 488 candidates withheld.
The Head of the National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, while addressing newsmen said a total of 176, 621 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 172, 699 eventually sat the examination, a total 13, 488 were not lucky owing to errors which he claimed were traceable to them.
The figure of the withheld results represents just 7.81% of the population of candidates that wrote the examination.
According to Adeniprkun, a total of 175, 411 candidates (99.31%) had their results fully released, while 1, 210 candidates (0.69%) “have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination”.
Speaking further, the HNO disclosed that a total of 149, 651 candidates, representing 86.65% of the total number of candidates who sat the examination obtained credit or above in two subjects; 134, 152 (77.67%) in three subjects; 116, 133 (67.25%) in four subjects; 95, 294 (55.18%) in five subjects; and 72, 229 (41.82%) in six subjects.
However, a total of 66, 497 candidates, representing 38.50% obtained credit in five subjects or above, including English Language and Mathematics.
According to the HNO, this was an improvement when compared to the figures for this category in 2015 which was 20.59% and 2014 which was 29.37%.
Adenipekun, however stressed that it would be incorrect to speak of the results in terms of “pass” and “failure” since, it is a private examination, and some candidates may have attempted the examination before, and may now require credit only in one or two or so subjects.
The HNO also announced that a total of 13, 488 results (7.81%) were withheld for 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 decision will be communicated to the affected candidates thereafter.”
He said candidates would be able to begin to check their result on Saturday.