The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the May-June 2022 School Leaving Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.
Announcing the release of the results yesterday at the examination body’s headquarters in Lagos, the Head of Nigeria Office (HNO), Patrick Oregon, said 597,811 candidates, representing 37 34 per cent, were male; while 624,694, representing 39.02 percent, were female.
A breakdown of the results showed that 1,222,505 candidates, representing 76.36 percent of the 1,601,047 candidates who sat the exam, scored passes and above in at least five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
However, the statistics showed a drop of more than five percent in the pass rate compared to the 81.7 percent pass rate recorded in 2021.
According to Oregon, the results of 1,437,629 candidates, or 89.79 percent, have been fully processed and released, while 163,418 candidates, or 10.21 percent, have multiple subjects that are “still being processed due to that some problems are being solved.”
“However, efforts are being made to complete the processing quickly so that all the affected candidates can fully process their results and release them within the next week.”
He said that the results of 365,564 candidates, which is 22.83 percent of the total number of candidates who appeared in the examination, have not been released due to various cases of examination malpractice.
“This is 11.74 per cent higher than the 10.9 per cent recorded in WASSCE for Candidate Schools, 2021.”
Oregon attributed the high number of such cases to poor candidate preparation, saying “poor preparation for exams.”
He pointed out that there is an over-reliance on abuse and “the so-called ‘Expo'”, which he pointed out does not really exist.
“Candidates were just disappointed when they entered the examination hall and found that everything they celebrated was fake. This unfortunately resulted in some of them failing the exam which if they had relied on themselves and studied hard they would have passed like many others. others,” he said.
He promised that the council would continue to sanction all cases of misconduct and that schools, principals, teachers and candidates found guilty would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
“This is a child whose future is being destroyed. Parents should stop funding ‘expos’ for their kids, it’s not helping.”
Those who place items on special platforms are nothing more than destroyers of destiny. The recipients of such “help” will never go unpunished because they will never produce results. All hands must be on deck to clean up the system,” he said.