The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results for 2020 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) detailing how 1,538,445 candidates who sat for the examination faired.
The Council, which said that the results of 215,149 candidates were withheld, maintained that this action was taken against them over various forms of alleged examination malpractices.
The council’s Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, made this known at a news conference on Monday in Lagos.
Areghan also said results of candidates from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State were among the 1,538,445 candidates that sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates.
Areghan described the experience of conducting the examination in Chibok for the first time since the abduction of over 200 girls in the area by Boko Haram insurgents six years ago as “interesting and gratifying”.
According to him, a total of 1,549,740 candidates registered for the examination from 19,129 recognised secondary schools in the country.
Giving a breakdown of the candidates’ performances, the WAEC chief said results of 215,149 were being withheld in connection with various cases of alleged examination malpractices.
He said the cases were being investigated, adding that reports of the investigations would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council for determination in due course.
“The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools,” Areghan said.
He said a total of 1,456,727 candidates had their results fully processed and released, while 81,718 others have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to them.
The WAEC chief said efforts were on to speedily complete the processing to enable the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released subsequently.
Areghan added that of the figure that sat for the examination, 1, 338, 348 candidates, representing 86.99 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, that is with or without English Language and or Mathematics.
“Also, of the figure that write the examination, 1,003,668, representing 65.24 per cent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics,” he said.
According to him, a total of 4,280 candidates, with varying degrees of special needs, were registered for the examination, out of which 230 are visually challenged, 745 with impaired hearing and 2,852 with low vision.
He added that 38 others were spastic cum mentally challenged with 58 others that are physically challenged.
He added: “All these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination.
“The results of these candidates have been processed and released along with those of other candidates.”