The West African Examinations Council has announced the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for schools but has withheld the results of 365,564 applicants due to different alleged incidences of examination malpractice.
While announcing the release of the results on Monday at the WAEC office in Yaba, Mr Patrick Areghan, Head of the Nigeria National Office, said students’ preparations for the examinations were weak, adding that candidates were no longer ready to learn.
He stated that the 365,564 candidates represented 22.83 percent of the total number of candidates who took the exam, which was 11.74 percent higher than the 10.9 percent achieved in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021.
“The reasons for this are not far-fetched,” Areghan remarked. Candidates are not prepared to learn any longer. Examination preparation is lacking. There is an over-reliance on the ostensibly non-existent ‘Expo.’ Candidates were just frustrated when they entered the examination hall and learned that everything they had celebrated was a hoax. This has sadly resulted in some of them failing the exams, which they would have passed if they had relied on themselves and worked diligently.”
During his performance analysis, he revealed that 88.04 percent of the candidates who sat the 2022 WASSCE obtained credit or higher in at least five subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics) and 76.36 percent obtained credits or higher in at least five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Areghan announced that a total of 1,607,981 applicants enrolled for the examination from the country’s 20,222 recognized secondary schools and that 1,601,047 of those candidates sat the examination.
“Analysis of candidate performance statistics reveals that, of the 1,601,047 applicants who sat the examination, 1,409,529 candidates, representing 88.04 percent, got credit or above in a minimum of any five disciplines (i.e. with or without English Language and/or Mathematics;
“1,222,505 candidates, or 76.36 percent, received credits or higher in at least five courses, including English Language and Mathematics.”
Areghan emphasized that the results of candidates supported by indebted States to the Council would not be revealed until they paid up.
“The results have been posted to the results webpage. Candidates who took the exam and met their financial obligations to the Council will be able to access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hours.
“Copies of the Result Listing will be distributed to schools in the near future.” I don’t think I need to say it again: the results of candidates supported by debt-ridden states will not be revealed until they pay up. We urge them to do so so that affected schools/candidates can obtain their findings.”
He bemoaned the increased usage of cell phones in the examination hall, despite the existing ban, and the failure to meet the registration deadline.
“This was possibly the most difficult problem the Council encountered on the way to conducting the examination. Some schools simply slept off’ and did not do the necessary.
“Some schools failed to upload their students’ CASS on time, and many failed to meet registration requirements, resulting in some schools not presenting their pupils for the examination. However, several parents who registered their pupils offline did not post their entries! Others, once again, missed deadlines owing to criminal’shopping’ for candidates. The window had closed by the time they noticed it,” stated Areghan.