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 test as only 37.97 percent or 150,615
obtained five credits including English Language and Mathematics.
Blind students performed better than those without sight
problems as 46.93 percent of 49 students that registered for the
examination obtained five credits including English Language. Blind
candidates do not sit for Mathematics and Science practicals in
WASSCE examinations.
According to the Head, National Office of the Council, Mr Charles
Eguridu, out of 396,614 candidates who sat for the examination,
about 47,289 candidates’ result, representing 11.04 percent were
being withheld in connection with various cases of examination
This even as a comparative analysis of candidates’ performance in
the November/December 2010 – 2012 WASSCE, showed that
there is an improvement in candidates’ performance.
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
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
actual 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 address
these challenges. He also urged the Ministry of Education to ensure
that only schools with the necessary facilities to function as
schools will be duly registered.
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