The results of the 2019 May/June Diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) released yesterday indicated improved performance over that of last year.
In the results announced Friday by the Head of the Nigeria National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, at a press conference, held at the Yaba, Lagos Head office of the Council a total of 1,020,519 candidates, representing 64.18 per cent obtained credit and above in minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
This is against the aggregate performance of 50 per cent recorded in the same examination last year by the Council.
According to Adenipekun, a total of 1,590,173 candidates sat for the examination this year in 18,639 recognised secondary schools across the country.
Giving further analysis of the results, the HNO, who said this year’s performance was better than that of previous years in all ramifications, said 1,309,570 candidates, representing 82.35 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.
This was as the results of 180,205 candidates, representing 11.33 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination were being withheld in connection with various reported cases of 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. The Committee’s decision will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools,” the HNO noted.