Friday, December 18, 2015
WAEC Investigates 28,768 Candidates Involvement In Examination Malpractice
Tagged, private examination, the Head of National Office for WAEC, Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun who disclosed this while presenting the results on Thursday said that about 1, 612 of the candidates had their results withheld.
For the first time, the council refused to present the statistics of the results to reveal the number of candidates who actually obtained credits in five subjects, including Mathematics and English Language, he stated that 47.8 per cent of the 237,154 candidates obtained credits and above in five subjects.
To him, 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.
Because, for instance, a candidate that might have made seven credits in the May/June exam may only need a credit in Mathematics or a credit in English Language only for him or her to have had a complete result that would allow him to continue in his/her educational pursuit. 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.