The results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates were released by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday.
At a press conference in Lagos, WAEC’s head of the Nigerian national office, Patrick Areghan, said that 7,690 candidates registered for the exam, a 38 percent decrease from the 2020 figure.
However, only 2,195 candidates (30.11%) received credits or higher in at least five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“The number of candidates that had five credits, including English Language and Mathematics may not necessarily be a basis for judging the level of performance in this examination,” Areghan said
“This is because the examination is more or less a remedial one. Some candidates may just need only one or two papers, other than English Language and /or Mathematics to remedy their admission deficiencies.”
Candidates who took the exam can now verify the details of their results on the Council’s results website.
The Result Checker PIN and Serial Number, which candidates would need to check their results online, are printed on the candidate’s Smart Identity Card, which was used during the test.
The private candidate examination is “primarily designed to help candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions to reduce the waiting time for results and beat admission deadlines.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Areghan said it was unclear when the WASSCE for school candidates, which is normally held in May/June, will take place this year.
“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector,” “The academic calendar has been distorted.
“It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released. All stakeholders are requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear from WAEC.”
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN