From Vivian Iwu, Owerri:
Arrangements have been concluded to commence the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates from January/ February 2018, in order to ensure quality service delivery to the Nigerian Public.
This was made known by the Head of National Office of the West African Examination Council, WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, while declaring the release of 2017 results.
“I also want to use this opportunity to inform you that with the upgrade of the Council’s ICT Facilities, particularly the recently commissioned HP Converged System – a Private Cloud, the compability of the Council’s ICT has now been enhanced.”
He announced, adding that there was a 7% improvement in the number of Candidates that passed the Examination with five Credits this year.
He therefore called on Candidates who sat for the examination to check the details of their performance on the Council’s Result Website starting from Monday, July 17, 2017.
According to the WEAC boss, out of the 1,559,162 Candidates that sat for the 2017 Examination, 923,486 Candidates obtained minimum Credits in five Subjects and other distinctions, including English and Mathematics.
Mr. Adenipukun revealed that when compared with what was obtained in the same Examination in both 2015 and 2016, the percentage of Candidates that made minimum of five Credits in the WASSCE for School Candidates increased with a ratio of 38.68 % to 52.97% respectively.
“Last year, 52.9 % of the Candidates recorded the feat.
And out of the 1,559,662 Candidates that sat for the examination this year, the number jumped to 59.22 %.”
He said, and regretted that about 214,952 Candidates cheated in the May-June West African Senior School Certificate Examination(WASSCE), pointing out that their results have been withheld by the Authorities.
Mr. Adenipekun disclosed that WAEC is currently investigating the Exam Cheats, pointing out that Reports of the Investigations would be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for consideration in due course, adding that the Schools whose Students engaged in such sinful Acts would be notified soon.
“95,734 others, representing 5.64 % have a few of their Subjects being processed due to errors traceable to the Candidates in the course of Registration or writing the Examination. Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected Candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.”
Mr. Adenipekun said, adding that out of the 1,559,162 Candidates that sat for the Examination, 1,471,151, representing 94.36 % had their results fully processed and released.
He disclosed that 1,084,214 Candidates, representing 69.94 % obtained Credits and other distinctions in six Subjects, while 1,243,772 Candidates, representing 87.05 %, obtained Credits and other distictions in four Subjects.
The WAEC boss revealed that 1,436,024 Candidates, representing 92.44 % obtained Credits and other distinctions in three Subjects, while 1,490,356, representing 95.59%, obtained Credits and other distinctions in two Subjects.
He used the opportunity to commend the Supervisors, Examiners, and all those that brought about the success recorded, for their immense contributions, and noted that the coordination and marking of Candidate’s Scripts for the 2017 WASSCE Exams was successfully conducted between May 24 and June 11 at 83 marking Centers across the Country.