The West African Examinations Council ( WAEC ) on Tuesday released results of its 2019 West African Senior School Certificate (SSCE) for Private Candidates – First Series with only 26.08 per cent making credits and above in five subjects including English and Mathematics.
Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said at a press briefing held at the Council’s headquarters in Yaba, Lagos that the result was coming about 30 days after the conclusion of the examination on February 4, 2019.
“A total of 3,102 candidates representing 26.08 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and General Mathematics. The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates 2018 – First Series was 17.5 per cent,” he said.
The examination, which was introduced as a second alternative for private candidates apart from the November/December WASSCE, was written by 11,892 candidates out of 12,202 that registered.
From among those, Adenipekun said 11,686 had their results fully processed while on 206 had their results withheld for errors which are still being processed.
Only 376 candidates (3.16 per cent) had their results withheld because of examination malpractice.
The HNO said the incidence of examination malpractice was low because the number of candidates was manageable compared to the school examination written by over one million candidates yearly.
“It is very difficult to have a large number of candidates writing an examination and not have examination malpractice. But the size of the candidates for this diet of exam allows us to monitor closely the ad-hoc staff better than other diets.
“For this diet, we had Council staff monitoring each centre in addition to the supervisors and others. So this worked to reduce examination malpractice,” he said.
Regarding results withheld for errors, Adenipekun said the Council had made efforts to reduce errors in the process of registeration but still patiently sorts through scripts to identify candidates who made mistakes in their registration numbers or who submitted scripts without names.
Giving further statistics about the examination, Adenipekun said 6,180 (52 per cent) of candidates who took the examination were male, while 5,712 were female.
The HNO expressed hope that this particular diet of WASSCE for private candidates would soon gain popularity such that it would reduce the pressure for those outside secondary school to register for the school examination conducted in April/May.
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