The recently released results of the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has recorded mass failures.
The November/December 2017 WASSCE results were officially released in Katsina State, on Tuesday, during the 55th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee (NNC).
WAEC’s Nigeria National Officer, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said of the 131,485 candidates, only 34,664, (26.01%) obtained five credits, including English Language and General Mathematics.
Expressing disappointment, Adenipekun stated that the result indicates a decline in the percentage of candidates who made five credits including English and Mathematics, in comparism with those of last two years.
The HNO noted that the percentage of candidates in WASSCE, for private candidates, in 2015 and 2016 was 28.58 per cent and 38.50 per cent, respectively.
The WAEC boss said the results of 14,756 candidates, representing 11.07 per cent of candidates, were withheld on the grounds of alleged examination malpractice, adding that the results are being investigated and the reports would be sent to the Nigeria Examination Committee for deliberation.
Adenipekun disclosed that the 131,485 candidates (98.70%) had their full results processed and released, while 111,763 candidates (85.89%) obtained credits in two subjects and 98,506 others, (73.94%) made four credits.
According to him, 65,483 candidates (49.15%) had credits in five subjects and above, with 48,824 candidates, representing 35.14 per cent, obtaining credits and above, in six subjects.
The HNO also said the coordination meeting and marking of candidates scripts for WASSCE for private candidates was done on October 18 and ended on November 5, in 10 marking venues.
In a statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, said as it is currently sending the results to various schools, students could also check their results online via the WAEC website.