The West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC, reports that the results of a total of 365,564 candidates who sat for its 2022 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for school applicants were successful.
A total of 1,607,981 candidates registered for the exam in 20,222 recognized secondary schools across the country, but only 1,601,047 sat for the exam.
Patrick Areghan, Head of the Council’s National Office, HNO, announced the details of the exam results on Monday, in Lagos.
He said the results withheld were linked to various reported cases of misconduct during exams.
According to him, the number of results entered represents 22.83%, which is 11.74% more than the 10.9% recorded during the same examination regime in 2021.
Mr Areghan said students’ lack of zeal to learn was largely responsible for the development.
“I will say that our students’ exam preparation is taking a nose dive, due to the over-reliance on the so-called ‘Expo’, which is actually non-existent.
“Candidates were just frustrated when they walked into the exam hall and found that everything they had been celebrating was actually wrong.
“It pitifully led some of them to fail the exam, which if they had relied on themselves and studied hard, would have passed like many others,” he said.
The HNO said the board would continue to sanction all cases of exam malpractice.
He said that the schools, supervisors, teachers and candidates who committed the evil act did not help the education system.
Mr Areghan said everyone had to be on deck to control the bad trend.
He said the increasing use of mobile phones in the exam hall, despite the existing ban, and organized cheating in some schools were other persistent problems.
The WAEC boss said the exam was also administered to candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea, where the Nigerian senior secondary curriculum was used.
Giving a further breakdown of the statistics of the results, Mr Areghan said that out of a total of 1,601,047 candidates who sat for the exam, 1,713 of them had varying degrees of special needs.
“Of the number of applicants with special needs, 128 of them had visual impairment, another 583 had hearing impairment and 387 had spastic and mental impairment.
“We also had 12 other physically disabled people. All of these candidates have been suitably provided for in the administration of the examination.
“The results of this category of candidates have been processed and are also published together with those of other candidates,” he said.
Speaking further about the result, Mr. Areghan said that out of the total number of candidates for the exam, a total of 1,437,629 candidates representing 89.79% had their results fully processed and published.
According to him, a total of 163,418 others, or 10.21%, had a few of their subjects still being processed, due to some issues that are still being resolved.
He noted, however, that efforts were being made to complete processing quickly, to allow all affected applicants to have their results fully processed and released within the following week.
Mr Areghan said other statistics on candidate performance on the exam showed that 1,409,529 or 88.04 per cent had achieved credits and above in at least five subjects i.e. with or without English and/or mathematics.
Another 1,222,505, representing 76.36% of exam takers, earned credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English language and math, he said.
He noted that there was a 5.34% decrease in performance, compared to the 81.70% achieved by candidates in the same category in 2021, under the same exam regime.
Speaking further, the HNO said the council’s digital security printing press was about to be commissioned.
According to him, the digital security printing plant, which is the first of its kind by the council in Nigeria, meets its growing operational needs.
“With this digital security printing press, the Nigeria country office will be able to improve its operational efficiency.
“Additionally, the long-awaited digital certificate software, which was announced earlier as one of the innovations the council is exploring in its bid to make service delivery more accessible to applicants, is finally here.
“The project has been completed and is now ready for launch to allow end users to enjoy the enormous benefits of the service,” he said.
Areghan expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government, Ministry of Education, security agencies and other stakeholders, for giving maximum support to the council.
He said they gave it before, during and after the review took place, especially in the face of insecurity in some parts of the country.
The HNO called on states that owed their nominees’ council registration fees to pay.
This, he said, would allow those candidates to have access to their results.
The conduct of the WASSCE for school applicants ended on June 3.
The examination board released the results exactly 45 days after the last test.