By Justice C. Agoha.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it has made plans to commence investigations into the conducts of 28, 768 candidates who sat for the November/December 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
A total of 237, 154 candidates registered for the examination in 2015.
The new Head of WAEC’s Nigerian National Office (HNO), Mr. Olutise Adenipekun, stated this in Lagos on Thursday while officially releasing the results of the examination.
According to Adenipekun, only 47.8 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination passed with credits and above in five subjects.
He further stated that the results of 1, 612 candidates were withheld following varying degrees of errors. And he said the errors were being corrected.
The WAEC boss, however, refused to make public the exact number of candidates who made credits in five subjects, including English language and Mathematics, adding that the information would only be made available on formal request for researchers and other interested parties.
He maintained that it was wrong to use the yardstick of five credits to judge the performance of candidates, stressing that the examination was only a makeup one for private candidates.
“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.
“However, the statistics is available. And we know that for researchers and other interested parties who may need it for scientific researches; we are ready to make that statistics available for them,” he said.
Education Post recalls that this is the first time the examination body would release its results without making public such details.