WAEC 2013: Candidates Record Improved Performance0
Candidates for this year West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams have recorded an improved performance against those of the last four years, LEADERSHIP investigation has revealed.
According to the results released by the examination body, 70 per cent of the candidates that sat for the 2013 exam had credits in at least five subjects, a great improvement over the 25.99 per cent of candidates that had credits in English and Mathematics in 2009.This is despite the increased strict examination conditions that had been imbibed by WAEC in recent times to curb examination malpractices.
Each year as the examinations were conducted came with gradual decline that became worrisome, even as the students that sat for the examination coined terms for describing examination malpractice.
Special WAEC examination centres nicknamed “miracle centres” where examination malpractice was “officially” allowed at the payment of certain whopping amounts of money blossomed.
But the results of the 2013 WASSCE results which showed that 70 per cent of the students passed with five credits amid the stringent measure taken by the examiners is a radical departure from deplorable performances posted by the examination council in the past.
The result showed that a total of 1,689,188 candidates, consisting of 920,416 male and 750,852 female candidates sat for the examination. A total number of 1,543683 candidates, representing 91.38 per cent have their result fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.
Available statistics revealed that, “Total number of 1,543683 candidates representing 91.38 per cent have their results fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice”.
While not necessarily sealing the fate of those in this category, the body said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigeria examinations Committee (NEC) and the committee’s decision will be communicated”.
“A total of 2,176 cases of multiple entries also were discovered during the processing of the results of all candidates who are guilty of this act would be cancelled”. Previous devastating imprint showed that the West African Examinations Council in the last four years recorded worse outing, especially in 2009 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) where a total of 1, 373, 009 candidates consisting of 755, 955 males and 617, 054 females sat for the examination and out of it, 25.99 per cent obtained credit in both English Language and Mathematics and three other subjects. In 2010, the total number of candidates who sat for the examination was 1,351, 557 consisting of 739,664 males and 611, 893 females sat for the examination. Out of this, 1,278, 843 candidates representing 94.62 per cent had their result fully processed. Further analysis showed that 677,007 candidates, 50.09 per cent, made five credits and above, while 534,841 candidates, 39.57 per cent have six credits and above.
Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, it was said that 337,071 candidates, representing 24.94 per cent, obtained credits in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects. A total of 451,187 candidates, 33.38 per cent, obtained credits and above in English Language, while 560,974 candidates, 41.50 per cent, obtained credits and above in Mathematics.
In 2012 there was a slight improvement as results of the WASSCE result showed that candidates performed better. A total of 649,156 candidates representing 38.81 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
This represents an 8.9 per cent increase above the previous year’s performance, where 471,474 candidates representing 30.91 per cent, had five credits and above in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
Source: Leadership Newspaper