• Insecurity affects candidates’
THE West African Examinations
Council (WAEC) Wednesday released
the results of this year’s May/June
West African Senior School Certificate
Examination (WASSCE).
Though the actual number of candidates who made
five effective credits could not be ascertained, but a
breakdown of the candidates’ performances by
Council’s Head of Nigeria National Office, Mr.
Charles Eguridu, shows that out of 1, 671, 268
candidates that sat for the examination, 889, 636,
representing 53.2 per cent made six credits and
above, while 1, 074, 065 candidates, representing
64.2 per cent made five credits and above.
Also, 1, 225, 591 candidates (73 per cent)
obtained credits and above in four subjects, while 1,
465, 581 (87.69 per cent) made credit passes in just
two subjects.
Effective credits refer to passes in five papers,
including Mathematics and English Language, which
a candidate must obtain to qualify for admission to
the university.
However, 145, 505 candidates would still have to
wait for a few of their subjects to be fully processed,
due to errors traceable to the candidates and the
schools they registered. Besides, the results of 112,
865 candidates, about 6.75 per cent of the total, are
being withheld over various cases of examination
malpractice. Their cases are being investigated,
while the report of the investigation would be
presented to the Nigerian Education Committee in
due course.
This notwithstanding, a total of 1, 543, 683
candidates, representing 91.3 per cent, got their full
Eguridu explained that some candidates, who
wrote the examination in some northern parts of the
country, would not have their full results, because
their scripts got missing due to security challenges,
which claimed the lives of three WAEC staff
He said: “Most of the results were released, but we
still have a few misplaced ones, due to insurgent
attacks, where some of our officers were murdered
and the scripts of some, but not all the subjects,
were removed.
“WAEC conducted examination in all the 36 states
of the federation, including the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT). We did not envisage these
challenges. Our goal is to use some measures to
track some of the results, based on statistics of
general performance.”
While he assured that the council had statistical
records to track some of the missing scripts,
Eguridu, however, affirmed that candidates, whose
entire scripts went missing due to insurgent attacks,
would have no choice but to rewrite the
examination, but at no cost.
On the performance trend, he said: “We cannot
rule out the fact that the security challenges would
affect performance and there might be a possible
decline after the release of the final results. But this
can be attributed to the emotional trauma associated
with fear for students writing under such hostile
conditions, where we even lost some members of
On measures being put in place to check security
challenges during subsequent examination, Eguridu
said the council was collaborating with the Minister
of Education, National Assembly and other security
agencies, to ensure the smooth conduct of the next
After a slight drop in 2010, performance in
WASSCE, in respect of candidates who made five
effective credits, had recorded a marginal
improvement. In 2009, 25.5 per cent of the
candidates who sat for the examination made five
credits, including English language and
Mathematics. In 2010, performance dropped to
23.36 per cent, but rose to 30.9 per cent in 2011
before peaking at 39 per cent in 2012.
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