Malpractices: WAEC Withholds Result Of Over 200,000 Candidates

Malpractices: WAEC Withholds Result Of Over 200,000 Candidates

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu 

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has withheld the result of  215,149 candidates who sat for this year’s examination due various reported cases of examination malpractice.

Speaking in a press briefing, the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Patrick Areghan who revealed this during a press briefing to announce the release of the result, added the withheld results were being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. 

He noted that a total of 1,549,740 candidates registered for the examination from 19,129 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria adding that 1,538,445 candidates finally sat the examination. 
“The examination was also administered to candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea where the Nigeria curriculum for Senior Secondary School is being used.

“Remarkably, the examination was also conducted in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, the first time since the abduction of over 200 school girls in the area by insurgents, six years ago,” he said. 

He stated that 4,280 candidates with varying degrees of Special Needs were registered for the examination and were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination. 

“Also, of the total number of 1,538,445 candidates that sat the examination, 780,660 were males while  757,785 were females, representing 50.74% and 49.26%, respectively,” he said.

Areghan stated that  1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five  subjects;  with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics while 1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics. 

“Of this number, 497,139 i. e. 49.53% were male candidates, while 506,529 i.e. 50.47% were female candidates.  The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18%.  Thus, there is a marginal 1.06% improvement in performance in this regard,” he said. 

He also revealed that Coordination of Examiners and Marking of Candidates’ Scripts took place at 84 Marking Venuesthroughout the country adding that a total 78,799 Examiners participated in the coordination and markingexercise. 
“The results are being uploaded on the results website.  Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their performance on the Council’s results website. “The Result Checker PIN and Serial Number required by candidates to check their results online are contained on the Candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination. Certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from today,” he explained.

The  2020 WAEC examination  started on 17th August, 2020 and ended on 12th September, 2020, spanning a period of four weeks.  

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