The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has revealed that 39.82 percent made credits in five subjects (including Mathematics and English) in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates 2020 (second series).
This was announced by the Head of National Office Patrick Areghan, who also announced the opening of registration for the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates three months behind schedule.
Announcing the release of the WASSCE for private candidates 2020, Areghan said the result was an improvement in performance in the examination in the last two years.
“Twenty Four Thousand Four Hundred and Ninety One (24,491) candidates representing 39.82% obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects including English Language and Mathematics.
“Out of this number, Twelve Thousand, and Forty (12,040) i. e. 49.16% were male candidates, while Twelve Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty-One (12,451) i.e. 50.84% were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018 and 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, were 35.99% and 35.10% respectively. Thus, there is a marginal increase of 4.72% in performance in this regard,” he said.
Of the 61,509 candidates who participated in the exercise, 5,548 (9.02 percent) have their results being withheld because of alleged involvement in examination malpractice while 66,375 candidates registered for the examination represented a 31.63 percent in decline for enrolment in the examination, which he said was due to COVID-19.
Speaking on why the registration for the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates just opened, Areghan attributed the delay to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We normally close earlier than now but because of the challenges in the education system, a lot of disruption has taken place. Some schools are still running the third term. They do not have any SS3. So because of this, we had to take time to allow things to stabilise a bit. Today we are going to roll out materials; schools will collect. They will enroll candidates. And the date of the examination would be announced later,” he said.
Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic also affected the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates. SS3 pupils had to write their examination in August, which was about five months behind schedule.