Mass Failure As WAEC Releases Results

Nigerian students siting for examsThe West African Examination Council, WAEC, has released the results of the Nov/Dec. 2013 examination results. Of the candidates that sat for the examination, 70.83% of the candidates were unable to obtain credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Announcing the results at a press conference at WAEC’s head office in Lagos on Thursday December 19, the head of the body’s Nigeria National office, Charles Eguridu, stated that a total of 308,217 candidates registered for the examination, out of which ­­­299,784 candidates, consisting of 163,706 male and 133,202 female candidates sat for the examination.

He also said out of the total number of candidates,  298,971 candidates, representing 97.26% had their results fully released, while 8,433 candidates, representing  2.74% had a few of their subjects still being processed. He said the errors were mainly traceable to the candidates and cyber cafes in the course of registration or writing the examination.

Such errors, he said, are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results.

Also, the WAEC Nigeria top official added that a total of 86,612 candidates, representing 29.17% obtained credits in 5 subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

He however said, when compared to the November/December 2011 and 2012 WASSCE (Private), “there is a marked decline in candidates’ performance”.

Mr. Eguridu said a total number of 38,260 candidates’ results, representing 12.88%, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

He said 82 blind candidates registered and sat for the examination, out of which 17 candidates, representing 20.73% obtained credits in 5 subjects including English Language. He noted that blind candidates do not take Mathematics and Science practicals in the WASSCE.

Mr. Eguridu also stated that candidates who sat for the Nov/Dec 2013 WASSCE will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results within the next 48 hours