WAEC releases WASSCE results, may postpone May/June exams in Nigeria

*The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria National Office, has announced a total of 7,690 candidates entered for the 2020 examinations, but only 2,195 candidates, representing 30.11 percent of them obtained Credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced the 2020 private West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) results, in which a total of 7,690 candidates entered for the examinations, representing a 38 percent decline when compared with the figure in the past year in Nigeria.

However, the regional examination body Tuesday, April 6, 2021, also announced that it might postpone the 2021 WASSCE in the country.

ConsumerConnect gathered Patrick Areghan, Head of WAEC Nigeria National Office, said the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic distorted the academic calendar so much that there was no guaranty the annual terminal examinations would be held on schedule.

Areghan said: “It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year.

“A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released.”

According to WAEC chief, all stakeholders have been requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear from WAEC on whether the exams will hold.

He disclosed that there was no reported case of any invigilator, supervisor, WAEC staff or any examination functionary that were infected with the Coronavirus disease in the country.

Areghan, who as well announced the 2020 private WAEC results, said a total of 7,690 candidates entered for the examinations, representing a 38 percent decline when compared with the 2020 figure.

However, only 2,195 candidates, representing 30.11 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

The WAEC Head of National Office noted: “The number of candidates that had five credits, including English Language and Mathematics may not necessarily be a basis for judging the level of performance in this examination.

“This is because the examination is more or less a remedial one. Some candidates may just need only one or two papers, other than English Language and/or Mathematics to remedy their admission deficiencies.”

Meanwhile, WAEC stated the candidates who sat the examinations are now free to check the details of their performances on the Council’s results Web site.

The Result Checker PIN and Serial Number needed by candidates to check their results online are contained on the candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination, stated Areghan.

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