Only 649,156 candidates or 38.81 per cent of the 1,672,224 who sat for the last May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) obtained credit in five subjects, including English and Mathematics, the examining body announced in Lagos yesterday.
The Head of National Office, West African Examinsations Council (WAEC), Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, told reporters that the figure was a slight improvement on the previous years’ results.
He gave the figures as 23.71 per cent in May/June 2010; in 2011, 30.91 passed while in 2012, about 39 per cent passed.
Uwadiae, however, said that 112 candidates’ results were being withheld for their involvement in various examination malpractices and human errors.
He stated that about 46 candidates’ results were not released because their schools failed to submit their continuous assessment.
The HNO explained that some of the withheld results might be released after the decision-making committee, Nigeria Examinations Committee, had concluded its investigation on the affected candidates.
Meanwhile, a total 114 blind candidates registered for the examination, while 95 of them wrote it.
Out of these, 21 of them, representing 22.11 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.