WAEC witholds WASSCE results of 185 schools

289,210 candidates took the examinationThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it has withheld the entire results of candidates from 185 schools who undertook this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A statement announcing provisional results of the examination said the results have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractices detected during and after the conduct of the examination.

“This includes results of candidates from 31 schools who were detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in the objective tests,” said the statement signed by Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of WAEC Public Affairs.

It explained that the results of the candidates would be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise.

According to the statement a total of 289,210 candidates took the examinations, representing a 5.45 per cent increase on the 2016 candidature of 274.265. The 2017 number was made up of 147,591 males and 141,619 females, and the examination was conducted for 916 participating schools. A total of 1,723, representing 0.60 per cent absentees were recorded.

The statement said the performance of the candidates with regard to four core subjects, 155,077 (54.06 per cent) scored A1-C6; 73,409 obtained D7-E8 while 58,351 had F9 in English.

For mathematics, it said, 122,450 has A1-C6; 106,024 had D7-E8 while 58,070 had F9.

With regard to Integrated Science, 125,204 obtained A1-C6; 84,851 gained D7-E8, while 76,693 had F9.

For Social Science, 149,806 obtained A1-C6; 69,795 had D7-E8, while 67,078 gained F9.

“Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83 per cent to 42.73 per cent), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.83 per cent to 54.06 per cent).

On the contrary, Integrated Science showed a slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48 per cent 43.66 per cent). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in Social Science (54.93 per cent to 52.25 per cent),” the statement said.


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