The West African Examination Council has released this year’s results of the West African Secondary School Examination which saw a total of 375,763 candidates from 976 schools entering for the examination.
While WAEC reports that this year’s entry was 8.6% higher than that recorded in 2019 (346,098), a total of 3,343, representing 0.89% of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.
The 2020 figure, according to WAEC, was made up of 187,581, representing 49.9% and 188,182, representing 50.1%.
The provisional results, according to a statement released by the Council, indicate that there were improvements in the performance of candidates at Grades A1 to C6 in English Language and Mathematics (Core) in 2020 as compared to 2019.
For instance, in the English Language, a total of 48.96% candidates in 2019 scored Grades A1 to C6 compared to 57.34% recorded in 2020.
In Mathematics, a total of 65.31% candidates scored Grades A1 to C6 in 2019 compared to 65.71% in 2020.
However, the performance of candidates in Integrated Science and Social Studies recorded a decline at Grades A1 to C6 in 2020 as compared to 2019.
In the area of Integrated Science, 63.17% of candidates scored Grades A1 to C6 in 2019 compared to 52.53% recorded in 2020.
Social Studies had 75.43% of candidates scoring A1 to C6 in 2019 compared to 64.31% recorded in 2020.
Despite the generally improved results, some students had their results cancelled while others too had theirs being withheld for engaging in various kinds of malpractices.
For instance, the subject results of 2,383 candidates have been cancelled for engaging in collusion, bringing foreign material to the examination hall and tearing part of their question papers to solicit answers, the statement released by WAEC in part read.
That notwithstanding, the entire results of 480 Candidates have been cancelled for bringing mobile phones to the examination hall while the entry results of 384 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractices detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
The Council further reports that scripts of candidates from 122 schools in certain subjects are underdoing scrutiny, noting that withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations.