The Head, Nigeria National Office, West African Examination Council (WAEC) Olutise Adenipekun has announced that only 47.8 percent of the 237,154 candidates who sat for the November/December 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates made credits and above in five subjects. He made this announcement without giving detailed statistics on the candidates’ performance on individual subjects. Adenipekun said the statistics would be released on request to researchers. He said that 1,612 results were seized due to errors and are being further processed by the council.

According to him, 28,768 candidates are being investigated for their involvement in examination malpractices.

Adenipekun said that “the November/December diet is more or less a makeup examination for many of the candidates. So, if it is seen as mainly a makeup examination, then to now use the yardstick of five credits, including English and Mathematics, may be misleading in comparing. Because, for instance, a candidate that might have made seven credits in the May/June exam may only need a credit in Mathematics or a credit in English Language only for him or her to have had a complete result that would allow him to continue in his/her educational pursuit.”

 By Dike Onwuamaeze

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