The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has released the May/June 2015 WASSCE results, as the body withholds the results of students from 13 states owing the Examination Council.
The Head of Nigerian Office, Mr Charles Eguridu who disclosed this at its Yaba Office said:
“Out of 1,593,442 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68% obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.”
Justifying the slight improvement in the results from previous years, Eguridu said that in 2013, a total candidates who obtained five credits in English and Mathematics were 639,760 representing 38.30 per cent.
He said, in 2014, 529,425 representing 31.28 per cent obtained five credits in English and Mathemstics.
Meanwhile, Eguridu said that 6 states among the 19 states that are owing the Council have paid their debt, left with 13 states.
The HNO who refused to disclosed the names of indebted states explained that he would not want politicians to hijacked the situation against their opponents. He, however noted that if any of the states that are owing can get an advanced payment guarantee from any reputable banks, students results in such states will be released.
His words: ” I alerted the nation on the challenges which the Council was facing in Nigeria as a result of this indebtedness, and its adverse effects on our operations. I had stated then that the Council may be constrained from releasing the results of government-sponsored candidates of the affected states.
“After my pronouncement, a few of the debtor states responded by paying their debts fully or partially; while a few others made promises, indicating their willingness to pay as soon as they are able to do so. Others have not made any efforts in addressing the matter.
“After reviewing the situation, the Council has decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, so that the Council will be assured that the fees will be paid. This decision is in appreciation of the general prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardize the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states.”
He said that the results of 118,101 candidates, representing 7.41% are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice. According to him, the cases of such students are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC) of the Council in due course for consideration.
Also, he noted that a total number of 109 blind candidates registered for and sat the examination. From this figure, 20 candidates, representing 18.34% obtained credit in 5 subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
In the brake down of results, Eguridu said: “A total of 1,605,248 candidates registered for the May/June 2015 WASSCE, out of which 1,593,442 candidates, consisting of 864,096 male and 729,346 female candidates sat the examination.
“Out of the total number of candidates who sat the examination, 1,498,069 candidates, representing 94.01% have their results fully released, while 95,373 candidates, representing 5.99% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.”
Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.
“Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 758,849 candidates, representing 47.62% obtained six (6) credits and above; 949,862 candidates, representing 59.61% obtained five (5) credits and above, while 1,114,988 candidates, representing 69.97 % obtained credit and above in four (4) subjects. In addition, 1,295,915 candidates, representing 78.81% obtained credit and above in three (3) subjects, while 1,376,743 candidates, representing 86.40% obtained credit and above in two (2) subjects. However, a total of 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68%, obtained credit in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Candidates who sat the May/June 2015 WASSCE will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 24 hours,” he said.