Lagos — Only 20.04 per cent or 62,295 candidates obtained credit pass in English, Mathematics and three other subjects in the Nov./Dec. 2010 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.
Head of the Nigerian National Office of the West African Examination Council, WAEC, Dr Iyi Uwadiae at a press conference, yesterday, in Lagos said the result was not impressive.
He said 310,077 candidates sat for the examination with 51,876 of them, representing 16.73 per cent, being withheld for their involvement in “alleged malpractice.”
“A total of 133,507 candidates (43.06 per cent) obtained credit and above in English Language, while 151,569 candidates (48.88 per cent) obtained credit and above in Mathematics,” he said.
Uwadiae told journalists that 33 blind candidates took the examination and only four of them got credit passes in five subjects including English Language.
Blind candidates are exempted by regulation from registering for mathematics and science based subjects.
“All the reports on cases of involvement in examination malpractice have been complied for presentation to the Nigerian Examination Committee of the Council in March,” he said.
Uwadiae said the result was released two weeks ahead of schedule to enable students use these for registration purposes in higher institutions that had admitted them.
He told journalists that WAEC would soon modernise its examination model to the e_testing format (electronic test) but that the process was at its experimental stage.
“The quick release of the result is due to the commitment of the markers and the effective application of our new computer software for processing results,” he said.