The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) on Monday released the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School candidates with a total of 1,222,505 candidates, representing 76.36 percent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Patrick E. Areghan, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC at a press briefing at the council’s head office in Lagos said that out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination in Nigeria, 1,437,629 candidates, representing 89.79 percent have their results fully processed and released, while 163,418 candidates, representing 10.21 percent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some issues being resolved.
Areghan while giving a detailed analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination said out of the 1,601,047 candidates that sat the examination, 1,409,529 candidates, representing 88.04 percent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.
Commenting further, the HNO said that of the total number of 1,601,047 candidates that sat the examination, 796,217 were males while 804,830 were females, representing 49.73 percent and 50.27 percent, respectively.
According to him, a total of 1,607,981 candidates registered for the examination from 20,222 recognised secondary schools in the country.
“Of the number that registered for the examination, 1,601,047, candidates sat the examination. The examination was also administered to candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea, where the Nigerian, curriculum for Senior Secondary School is being used,” he said.
The HNO further said that 1,713 candidates, with varying degrees of Special Needs, registered for the examination. Out of this number, 128 were visually challenged, 583 had impaired hearing; 387 were spastic cum mentally challenged and 12 were physically challenged.
Commenting on the results of candidates caught in examination malpractices, Areghan disclosed that the results of 365,564 candidates, representing 22.83 percent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
This according to him is 11.74 percent higher than the 10.9 percent recorded in the WASSCE for school candidates, 2021.
The HNO giving reasons for the surge in examination malpractices noted that candidates are no longer ready to learn, preparations for examinations are poor and there is over-reliance on the so-called ‘Expo’, which is actually non-existent.
He maintains that the Council will continue to sanction all cases of examination malpractice, adding that schools, supervisors, teachers and candidates perpetrating this evil are not helping the educational system.
“It is the Child whose future is being destroyed. Parents must stop funding ‘expo’ for their children; it does not help. Those who indulge in posting items on designated platforms are nothing but destiny destroyers. Beneficiaries of such ‘help’ will never go unpunished as they will never have their results” Areghan said.
He opines that the increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall, in spite of the existing ban, and organized cheating in some schools, are other nagging issues.
“All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for consideration and final decisions. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools, in due course,” he said.
He enjoined candidates who sat the examination to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website.