The West African The Head of Nigerian Office, Mr Charles Eguridu, who disclosed this at its Yaba Office said: ”Of 1,593,442 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 616,370, representing 38.68 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.”
Also, in what appears to be a new development, Eguridu said the council has resolved to issue ”Attestation of Results” to those whose WAEC certificates are missing and urged such students to visit WAEC office for it.
According to him, “due to the high incidence of lost or missing certificates, the council has introduced “Attestation of Results” which can be obtained on request, to serve as replacement for lost or missing certificates, since we do not issue certificates twice.’’
Justifying the slight improvement in the results from previous years, Eguridu said in 2013, the total candidates who obtained five credits in English and Mathematics were 639,760 representing 38.30 per cent. He said in 2014, 529,425 representing 31.28 per cent obtained five credits in English and Mathematics.
Withholds 13 indebted states’ results
Meanwhile, Eguridu said that six states among the 19 states that were owing the council have paid their debt, remaining 13 states.
Eguridu, who refused to disclose the names of the indebted states, explained that he would not want politicians to use the information against their opponents. He, however, noted that if any of the states that are owing can get an advanced payment guarantee from any reputable banks, students’ results in such states will be released.
His words: “I alerted the nation on the challenges which the council was facing in Nigeria as a result of this indebtedness, and its adverse effects on our operations. I had stated then that the council may be constrained from releasing the results of government-sponsored candidates of the affected states.
“After my pronouncement, two weeks ago, a few of the debtor states responded by paying their debts fully or partially while a few others made promises, indicating their willingness to pay as soon as they are able to do so. Others have not made any efforts in addressing the matter.
“After reviewing the situation, the council has decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, so that the council will be assured that the fees will be paid. This decision is in appreciation of the general prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardize the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states.”
118,101 being withheld over exam malpractices
He said that the results of 118,101 candidates, representing 7.41per cent are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice. He explained that the cases of such students are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee, NEC, of the council in due course for consideration.
Giving a break down of the results, Eguridu said: “A total of 1,605,248 candidates registered for the May/June 2015 WASSCE, of which 1,593,442 candidates, consisting of 864,096 male and 729,346 female candidates sat the examination.
“Out of the total number of candidates who sat the examination, 1,498,069 candidates, representing 94.01 per cent have their results fully released, while 95,373 candidates, representing 5.99 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.”
“Such errors are being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.”
“Candidates who sat the May/June 2015 WASSCE will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 24 hours.”
NLC decries withholding of the results
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has decried the withholding of the results of thousands of students who sat for the May/June 2015 examinations, due to the indebtedness of some state governments to the examination body.
At the end of its National Executive Council, NEC, the Ayuba Wabba faction of NLC, expressed sadness over the neglect and default by the affected states which it said would affect the future educational pursuit, growth and development of thousands of the affected youths.
In a communiqué by the factional President and General Secretary, Ayuba Wabba and Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, “NEC resolved that the leadership of Congress should identify the affected states and work with the leadership of Congress State Councils in those states to mount pressure on their governors and the respective state Houses of Assembly, to ensure that urgent solutions are found to offsetting the indebtedness to WAEC.”