WAEC Releases Result Of 1.2m Candidates

WAEC Releases Result Of 1.2m Candidates

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC)Nigeria has released the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result of 1,256,990 candidates who sat for the examination in 19,425 recognised secondary schools in the country.

Announcing the result on Monday, Head of Nigeria National office of the Council on Monday, Mr Patrick Areghan added that the result of  303,271 candidates were still being processed.

He added that out of 1,573,849 that registered for the exam, 1,560,261 candidates sat the examination.

“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination in Nigeria,1,256,990 candidates, representing 80.56% have their results fully processed and released while 303,271 candidates, representing 19.44% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some issues being resolved,” he said. 

He however stated that efforts were being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released within the next week.

He noted that the result was released in record time considering the fact that it lost a week to insecurity, during the marking exercise in the South East, occasioned by the heightened tension before and during the Anambra Gubernatorial election.

Areghan stated that the body needed to be praised for the timely release of results after 45 days of completion of the examination that ran between August 16 and October 8, 2021, despite the myriad of challenges it faced in some parts of the country, coupled with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is, therefore, not true, as you can see, that WAEC delayed the release of the results of the WASSCE (SC) 2021 as is being speculated in some quarters. We have kept to our promise, in spite of all odds.  We should be praised rather than being vilified.  Nothing can be faster or earlier than what we have done.  We do not release results without marking the scripts and processing the scores.  We are grateful to the examiners for doing a good job within the stipulated period,” he said.

Responding to questions on the performance of students at this year’s WASSCE, the Head of WAEC reiterated that collective efforts of all stakeholders were responsible for the 89.62 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

He gave the breakdown as follows: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,560,261 candidates that sat the examination,1,398,370 candidates, representing 89.62%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.

“1,274,784 candidates, representing 81.7%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics,” he said.

Areghan explained that the  examination, which was an international one, took place simultaneously throughout the five-member countries of the Council – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, using the same International Timetable. 

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