The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, with mass failure recorded in Mathematics and English Language.
Head of National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, while addressing newsmen at its National office in Lagos, Monday, disclosed that a total number of 1,705,976 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 1,692,435 candidates, consisting of 929,075 male and 763,360 female candidates sat for the examination.
According to his analysis, out of 1,692,435 candidates that sat for the examination, a total number of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28 per cent obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
“This figure, when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, shows a marginal decline in the performance of candidates. In May/June 2012 WASSCE, 38.81 per cent of candidates obtained five credits and above including English language and Mathematics. In 2013, the percentage declined to 36.57 per cent; and this year, we have 31.28 per cent.”
“With this presentation, most Nigerians would quickly place the blame on the doorstep of schools and government. But they will not be quick enough to compare what quality use to be in those days when parents are part of their wards learning. Contemporary parents no longer show commitment to the learning outcome of their children, those who excel in life are those who do what others are unable to do. That is, going extra mile with their studies, and so with all analysis I can tell you that the Nigerian child did not let us down, it is parents that have failed the nation” Eguridu said.
He hinted that 1,605,613 candidates, representing 94.87% have their results fully released, while 86,822 candidates, representing 5.13% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors, mainly traceable to laxity on the part of the candidates and the schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.
“Such errors,” he said, “are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released as soon as they are ready.”
Eguridu said the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice, which were reported both during the conduct and marking of the May/June 2014 WASSCE.
“The cases are being investigated and the reports of the investigations will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), the highest decision-making organ of the Council on examination-related matters in Nigeria for consideration. The Committee’s decisions will, thereafter, be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools.”
He said, the Council has decided to extend the normal registration period for the November/December 2014 WASSCE, to Sunday August 17, 2014, so as to enable candidates who sat the last May/June examination, and who may have any deficiencies, to register for the November/December examination diet, if they so wish.
Candidates who sat for the May/June 2014 WASSCE are advised to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website www.waecdirect.org within the next 24 hours.