About 1 million candidates who sat for the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) may not be able to secure admissions in the next academic session after failing to pass Mathematics and English.
The results were announced by the Head of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Office, Charles Eguridu on Monday.
It showed that only 616,370 candidates, representing a meagre 38.68 per cent of the 1,593,442 total candidates, were able to earn credit passes in at least five subjects, including English language and Mathematics which are required for admissions into most tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
What this means is that 977,072 candidates, over 61 percent of the total, will have no option but to miss out of the next academic year and wait for the 2016 examinations.
Alternatively, these candidates can sit for the November/December edition of the WASSCE or the November/December examination of the National Examination Council (NECO).
A third option is to combine results from prior examinations.
Eguridu gave a detailed breakdown of the results.
“Out of all the candidates who sat for the exams, 758,849 candidates, representing 47.62 per cent, obtained six credits and above; 949,862 candidates representing 59.61 per cent obtained five credits and above, while 1,114,988 candidates (representing 69.97 per cent) obtained credits and above in four subjects,” Eguridu said.
“In addition, 1,292,915 candidates, representing 78.81 per cent obtained credit and above in three subjects, while 1,376,743 candidates, representing 86.40 per cent obtained credit and above in two subjects.”
Eguridu noted that the results of over a hundred thousand candidates are being withheld in connection with examination malpractices.
“The results of 118,101 candidates, representing 7.41 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice as the cases are being investigated and the reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC)”
He added that, “95,373 candidates, representing 5.99 per cent, 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.”
It was also gathered that 20 of the 109 visually impaired candidates who registered for the examination obtained credits in five subjects, including English language and Mathematics.
Though the 2015 results are below expectations, it is important to note that there is a slight improvement going by the previous year’s examinations.
In 2014, only 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28 per cent had credit passes in at least five subjects, including English language and Mathematics, as against the 639,760, representing 38.30 percent, recorded in the 2013 examination.
SOURCE – Pulse NG