The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results of the November/December 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
Candidates passed with 38.50 per cent, making credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
Announcing the release of the results yesterday at the WAEC national headquarters in Yaba, Lagos, the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Olu Adenipekun, said the percentage represents 66,497 of 172,699 candidates who sat for the examination held between October 26 and November 14, 2016.
Adenipekun noted the improvement given that only 29.37 per cent and 20.50 per cent reached the bench in 2014 in 2015 respectively.
While 1,210 candidates representing 0.69 per cent will not be able to access all their results immediately because of errors being corrected, Adenipekun said 13,488 (7.81 per cent) candidates’ results have been withheld and are being investigated for involvement in examination malpractice.
The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course for consideration. The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates thereafter.
Giving the statistics of candidates for the examination, the HNO said 51.12 per cent (88,290) were males, while 48.88 per cent (84,409) were females. Of the lot, 19 were visually challenged.
He thanked various stakeholders for their contributions to making the examination a success and emphasized that no results were being withheld because of lack of payment.