About 47.8 per cent of the 237,154 candidates who sat for the November/December 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates made credits and above in five subjects.
The Head of Nigerian National Office (HNO), West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun, announced the results yesterday in Lagos.
He, however, declined to give the exact number of candidates who made credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics – the benchmark used for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
It would be the first time in more than a decade that the statistics about the results were not made public.
Adenipekun said the yardstick, popularly used to gauge performance in the examination, was not accurate for measuring pass/failure rate because the November/December WASSCE diet is a makeup examination – unlike the May/June WASSCE, which is a school-based examination mostly written by Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 pupils for the first time.
His predecessors shared this sentiment, but still always released the statistics.
However, Adenipekun said the statistics would be released on request to researchers.
He said: “The November/December diet is more or less a makeup examination for many of the candidates. So, if it is seen as mainly a makeup examination, then to now use the yardstick of five credits, including English and Mathematics, may be misleading in comparing. Because, for instance, a candidate that might have made seven credits in the May/June exam may only need a credit in Mathematics or a credit in English Language only for him or her to have had a complete result that would allow him to continue in his/her educational pursuit.
“However, the statistics is available. And we know that for researchers and other interested parties who may need it for scientific researches; we are ready to make that statistics available for them.”
Of the 237,154 candidates that registered for the examination, 99.82 per cent had their results released. However, 1,612 candidates have their results withheld because of errors Adenipekun said were being corrected by the council.
He said 28,768 candidates were being investigated for their involvement in examination malpractices.
Responding to a question about the council’s readiness to face the planned probe by the Federal Government announced earlier this week, the WAEC boss, who stepped into the office of HNO just last week, said the council’s accounts audits were up to date.
He said: “WAEC is an international organisation that relies mostly on best practices in management. WAEC Nigeria and WAEC in other member-countries owe it a duty that their financial records must be updated every year such that as I am speaking with you, the audited account of council is up to date – that is December 2014.
“And that audited account has gone through the required processes. And the council at the highest level has also approved that. And that audited account for 2014 and all other previous years are available for scrutiny.
“And of course, our internal processes and procedures as far as financial management is concerned are also unbeatable. The internal audit department of WAEC is arranged and organised in such a way that they are serving (as) a good watchdog to ensure that financial mismanagement is never allowed. And when and where it is detected, it is promptly reported, and prompt action is also taken to correct it.
“In that light, therefore, the council in Nigeria is ever ready to open its books for scrutiny – not only for financial mismanagement, but it might also be for commendation – for government to commend WAEC for having done a good job in managing its finances.”