A total of 1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent of candidates that sat for 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Of this number 497,139 representing 49.53 per cent were male candidates, while 506,529 (50.47 per cent) were female candidates.
Comparatively, the percentage of 2019 WASSCE candidates that obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18 per cent. This represents a marginal increase of 1.06 per cent in performance in 2020 WASSCE.
Announcing the results in Lagos on Monday, the Head of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, a total number of 215,149 candidates had their results withheld, representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination.
He noted that the results were withheld over sundry offences ranging from examination malpractices among others.
According to him, “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.
“81,718 candidates, representing 5.31 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates.
“Efforts are, however, being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released, subsequently.
“The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,538,445 candidates that sat the examination, 1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.
“1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number 497,139, that is, 49.53 per cent were male candidates, while 506,529 i.e. 50.47 per cent were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18 per cent. Thus, there is a marginal 1.06 per cent improvement in performance in this regard.”
Areghan added that the “certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from today (November 2).”