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1.22 million students receive five credits, including English and Math, after WAEC withholds 365,564 results.

1.22 million students receive five credits, including English and Math, after WAEC withholds 365,564 results.

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, delayed the results of 365,564 applicants who took this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to suspicions of examination fraud.

Of the 1,601,047 test takers overall, the withheld results represent 22.83 percent of them.

This information was provided on Monday by Mr. Patrick Areghan, Head of the Nigerian National Office of WAEC, during a breakdown of candidate performance in Lagos.

“The analysis of the statistics of the candidates’ performance in the examination reveals that of the 1,601,047 candidates who sat for the examination, 1,409,529 candidates, representing 88.04 percent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects, including or excluding English Language and/or Mathematics;

Additionally, 1,222,505 candidates, or 76.36 percent, received credits in at least five (5) disciplines, including English Language and Mathematics, and above.

“Of this total, 624,694 or 39.02 percent were female applicants, compared to 597,811 or 37.34 percent of men.

In the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021, the percentage of candidates in this category—those who received credit or higher in at least five (5) topics, including English Language and Mathematics—was 81.70 percent. Therefore, performance in this regard has decreased by 5.34 percent, according to Areghan.

The head of WAEC reported that 1.713) candidates with special needs took the 2022 WASSCE.

I would like to inform you that 1,713 individuals, with various levels of special needs, enrolled to take the exam in total.

“Of this total, 128 had visual impairments, 583 had hearing impairments, 387 had mental health issues related to spasticity, and 12 had physical impairments.

“All of these candidates received enough support during the exam’s administration. These candidates’ results have been processed and are now being made public alongside those of the other contenders, he said.

The organization did, however, highlight some of the difficulties it overcame, namely the need to ensure that applicants in the South East and North West who were impacted by security concerns take the exam on a later date and that their results were also made public.

Areghan commented on the rise in irregularities by saying, “The results of 365,564 candidates, or 22.83 percent of all candidates who took the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported incidences of examination malpractice.

The difference between this and the 10.9 percent seen in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021 is (11.74%). The causes behind this are not implausible. The candidates are no longer capable of learning.

Poor exam preparation is prevalent. The so-called “Expo,” which is nonexistent, is used excessively. When candidates entered the examination room and realized everything they had celebrated was a lie, they merely became frustrated.

Because of this, some of them sadly failed the test when they would have passed if they had trusted in themselves and worked hard to prepare.

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