The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of candidates who sat for this years West African Senior Secondary Certificate Exams (WASSCE) indicating performance improvement in some subjects and decline in others.
This is the result of the first batch of Free SHS candidates since the policy was implemented. These candidates also wrote the exams amidst strict social distancing due to COVID-19.
A statement from WAEC, indicated that a total of 375,763 candidates from 976 schools wrote the exams, out of which the results of 480 candidates have been canceled entirely because those candidates took mobile phones into the exams hall.
The statement said the entire results of another 384 candidates have been withheld, pending investigations into a number of malpractices during and after the exams.
Meanwhile, another 2,383 candidates have have one subject or another cancelled either because they took foreign material into the exams hall or tore a part of the question paper to solicit for help during the exams.
According to the statement, the scripts of candidates from some 122 schools are also undergoing scrutiny before release.
In terms of performance, some 212,866 candidates scored between A1 and C6 in English language, which represents 57.34% pass rate – much better than the 48.96% pass rate in 2019.
Again in Core Mathematics, 243,904 scored between A1 – C6, representing 65.71% pass rate – slightly better than the 65.31% pass rate in 2019.
“On the other hand, Integrated Science and Social Studies recorded a decline in the performance of candidates compared to that of 2019,” WEAC observed.
The statement indicated that 194,891 candidates scored between A1 and C6 in Integrated Science this years, representing 52.53% pass rate, which is lower than the 63.17% pass rate in 2019; while for Social Studies, 238,584 candidates, representing 64.31% scored between A1 and C6, again much lower than the 75.43 pass rate last year.
In effect, for English Language, a total of 157,757 candidates scored between D7 and F9. For Core Mathematics, 126,256 candidates scored between D7 and F9; while in Integrated Science, some 175,876 candidates made D7 to F9 scores and for Social Studies, 131,766 scored between D7 and F9.
WAEC said all the exams results are available on its website – www.waecgh.com for students interested to access, but the results will also be sent the various participating schools for candidates to go for them.
They warned that candidates should beware of fake results websites and of fraudsters who would claim that can upgrade results for candidates for a fee.
“Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are secured and can be authenticated. Institutions are therefore urged to always verify results presented to them to expose incidents of forgery,” WAEC warned.