The Head of National Office of Nigeria, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, has announced the results of the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, revealing that about 81 percent of students received five credit passes, including English language and mathematics.
Mr Areghan gave a summary and analysis of the findings, saying that a total of 1,573,849 candidates enrolled for the exam from the country’s 19 thousand, four hundred and twenty-five (19,425) recognized secondary schools.
One million, five hundred and sixty-two thousand, two hundred and sixty-one (1,560,261) candidates took the exam out of the total number that enrolled.
“The results of One Hundred and Seventy Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Six (170,146) candidates, representing 10.9% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
“Of great worry here is the activities of rogue-website operators and some other social media platforms, who post-examination questions online immediately after the commencement of the paper being administered.
“The increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall, in spite of the existing ban, and organized cheating in some schools, are other big concerns.
All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course.
The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.”