WAEC withholds results of 365,564 candidates for alleged professional misconduct

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Monday released in Lagos the results of the West African Postgraduate Certificate Examination (WASSCE) May/June of This year.

A total of 1,601,047 candidates sat the exam, of which 1,222,505 (representing 76.36%) achieved credits and above in at least five compulsory subjects, including English and Mathematics, a notable decrease from 5.34% compared to 81.7% of last year.

Meanwhile, no less than 10 states out of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory that have not yet paid their candidates’ exam fees in full would see the results of their candidates held until until they have paid the full money and likewise, a total of 364,564 candidates (representing 22.83%) of the total number of candidates who have taken the exam are retained due to various reported cases professional misconduct under review, and their cases are investigated to determine whether to eventually discharge or cancel.

The Head of WAEC Nigeria National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan announced the release of the results and gave the statistics during a press conference held at the headquarters of the organization in Yaba.

He explained that the cost of conducting his school and private exams had risen astronomically and would therefore ensure that his money was paid in full by indebted state governments before releasing their candidates’ results.

He also denounced the upsurge in malpractice cases in the review, especially compared to last year’s, blaming the development for numerous reasons.

According to him, many students no longer prepare well for exams because they depend on the so-called “Expo” which is actually non-existent and also on the activities of “rogue website operators” and some social media platform owners. , who post questions. online tests immediately after the start of the tests and the use of mobile phones in the examination rooms despite the ban on the device.

He, however, promised that the WAEC would continue to sanction all instances of exam malpractice and perpetrators, including schools, school administrators, proctors and supervisors until the system is cleared of cutting practices.

Areghan who also complained that the insecurity situation in the country especially in Kaduna state and some eastern states where home siege order is imposed has really hurt the organization during the review, stressed that the council was able to enlist the support of the state government and security agencies to help.

Areghan also noted that a total of 1,713 candidates with special needs, including visually impaired (128) and hearing impaired (583), physically disabled (12) and 387 others took the exam, and that their results had been published with those of others.

He said, however, that candidates could start checking their results within the next 12 hours on the council’s website, at www.waecdirect.org and using their smart ID card which they used during of the exam.

Areghan added that the certificates would be ready for collection within 90 days from the candidates’ various schools.