Results have shown that 47.8 per cent of the 237,154 candidates who sat for the November/December 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for private candidates made credits and above in five subjects.
The Head of Nigerian National Office (HNO), West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Olutise Isaac Adenipekun, announced the results on Thursday, December 17, in Lagos.
He, however, refused to give the exact number of candidates who made credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics – the benchmark used for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
It would be the first time in more than a decade that the statistics about the results were not made public.
Adenipekun said the yardstick, popularly used to gauge performance in the examination, was not accurate for measuring pass/failure rate because the November/December WASSCE diet is a makeup examination, unlike the May/June WASSCE, which is a school-based examination mostly written by Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 pupils for the first time.
He said: “The November/December diet is more or less a makeup examination for many of the candidates. So, if it is seen as mainly a makeup examination, then to now use the yardstick of five credits, including English and Mathematics, may be misleading in comparing.
“However, the statistics is available. And we know that for researchers and other interested parties who may need it for scientific researches; we are ready to make that statistics available for them.”
Of the 237,154 candidates that registered for the examination, 99.82 per cent had their results released. However, 1,612 candidates have their results withheld because of errors Adenipekun said were being corrected by the council.
He said 28,768 candidates were being investigated for their involvement in examination malpractices.