The West African Examinations Council, yesterday in Yaba, Lagos, said that about 62.03 percent of students who wrote the November/December 2012 West Africa Seniour School Certificate Examination failed the examination as only 37.97 percent or 150,615 obtained five credits including English Language and Mathematics.
Blind students came out better compared to those without eye issues as 46.93 percent of 49 students that registered for the evaluation acquired five credit ratings consisting of English Language. Blind students do not write Maths and Science practicals in WASSCE examinations.
According to the Head, National Office of the Council, Mr Charles Eguridu, out of 396,614 candidates who did the assessment, some 47,289 applicants’ result, which is 11.04 % were being kept on hold as regards to various situations of assessment malpractices.
This as a comparative study of candidates’ efficiency in the November/December 2010– 2012 WASSCE, showed that there is improvement in applicants’ efficiency.
He explained that in 2010, only 24.16 per cent passed just as 36.07 percent passed in 2011.
Eguridu disclosed that cases of examination malpractices were being investigated, pointing out that the reports of the investigation would will be presented to the Nigeria Examination Committee, NEC, for consideration and final decision would be communicated to the affected candidates through WAEC zonal and branch offices across the country.
His words, “A total number of 49 blind candidates registered for the examination. Out of this figure, 23 candidates, representing 46.93 per cent obtained credits in five subjects including English Language.
A total of 413,266 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 396,614 candidates consisting of 216,600 male and 180,014 female candidates sat for the examination. Out of the total number of candidates that registered, 406,108 candidates representing 98.27 percent have their results fully processed, while 7,158 candidates representing 1.73 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed as various errors and omissions mostly traceable to candidates are being sorted out by the Council.’’ He said these errors were committed during registration and the real conduct of the examination.
He added, “Out of 161,706 candidates that sat for the examination, 40.77 per cent obtained six credits and above. While, 268,688 candidates representing 67.74 per sent obtained credits and above in four subjects as 309,706 candidates representing 78.10 per cent obtained credits and above in three subjects. A total of 343,352 candidates, representing 86.57 per cent obtained credit and above in two subjects.
Candidates are expected to visit the council’s website for their results, even as Eguridu lamented the dearth of qualified teachers, inadequate and dilapidated classrooms and appealed to the federal, state government as well as other school proprietors to discuss these challenges. He also urged the Ministry of Education to make sure that only schools with the necessary facilities to act as schools will be duly registered.