WAEC Witholds Results Of 365,564 Candidates Over Alleged Malpractices.
The May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results were announced by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Monday in Lagos.
A total of 1,601, 047 candidates took the exam, and 1, 222, 505 of them (representing 76.36%) received credits or higher in at least five required subjects, including English language and mathematics. This is a significant drop from 81.7% of last year’s results, which were attained by 81,7% of candidates.
A total of 364, 564 candidates (representing 22.83%) of the total number of candidates who sat the exam are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of exam malpractice, and their cases are being investigated. Moreover, no less than 10 states out of the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory will have their candidates’ results withheld until they pay the money in full.
At a press conference held at the organization’s Yaba headquarters, Mr. Patrick Areghan, Head of WAEC Nigeria’s National Office, announced the results’ release and provided the statistics.
He explained that the price of holding exams for both school-based and private candidates has skyrocketed, so he would make sure to get his money paid in full by the indebted state governments before disclosing the results of his candidates.
He also criticised the rise in exam malpractice cases, particularly those compared to last year, and attributed the trend to a variety of factors.
He claims that many students no longer study effectively for exams because they rely on the fictitious “Expo,” as well as the actions of “rogue website operators” and some social media platform owners who post exam questions online as soon as subject papers begin and who use mobile phones in exam rooms despite the device’s ban.
However, he made a commitment that WAEC would keep punishing all cases of exam fraud and the perpetrators, such as schools, school administrators, invigilators, and supervisors, until the system was free of dishonest practises.
Areghan stressed that the council was able to secure the support of the state government and security agencies to help out. She also expressed concern about the insecurity situation in the nation, particularly in Kaduna State and some eastern states where the sit-at-home order is enforced.
Areghan also mentioned that 387 other candidates, including 12 candidates who were physically challenged, 12 candidates who were visually impaired, and a total of 1, 713 candidates who had special needs took the exam.
He, however, said candidates could start checking their results within the next 12 hours on the council’s website, given at www.waecdirect.org and using their Smart Identity Card which they used during the exam.
Areghan added that the certificates would be available for pickup in the candidates’ various schools in 90 days.
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