By Florence Ebebe Education Editor
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday released the results of private candidates who sat for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) – First Series.
The results were released in record time of barely 26 days after the examation was concluded.
Giving an evaluation of the examination at a press conference in Lagos, WAEC’s Head of National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, hinted that there was 38% drop in the enrollment for this year’s examination.
He explained that the reduction in the number of enrollment could be traceable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that the examination was essentially meant to help candidates seeking tertiary admission remedy any shortfall in their admission requirements.
Areghan further stated that there is a marginal decrease of 2.12% in the performance of candidates this year in comparison to 2019 and 2020 results.
He words: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates shows that out of the Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine (7,289) candidates that sat the examination:
“Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-Eight (2,938) candidates representing 40.31 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics; out of which One Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety-Six (1,396) were male and One Thousand five Hundred and Forty-Two (1,542) were female candidates, representing 47.52%and 52.48 % respectively;
“Two Thousand One Hundred and Ninety-Five (2,195) candidates representing 30.11 per cent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number, One Thousand and Seventy-Four (1,074) i.e. 48.93 per cent were male candidates, while One Thousand, One Hundred and Twenty-One (1,121) i.e. 51.07 per cent were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2019 and 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, were 26.08 per cent and 32.23 per cent respectively. Thus, there is a marginal decrease of 2.12 per cent in performance in this regards.”
Areghan also disclosed that WASSCE for school candidates may likely not hold in May/June this year, because of the distortion of academic calendar caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
- He assured that a convenient international timetable for examination would soon be made available.