The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has decided to withhold the results of students from eight states in Nigeria who took the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to the indebtedness of these states to the Council. The Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, revealed this during a press briefing held in Lagos. He expressed confidence that some of the affected states would eventually pay their debts, but he only named Zamfara and Niger as the states with the highest outstanding balances, refraining from mentioning the remaining states.
The specific amount owed by the states individually and collectively remains undisclosed, but it is reported to be in the hundreds of millions of naira. Furthermore, Mr. Areghan noted that Zamfara state did not even present any candidates for this year’s WASSCE.
Candidates who have cleared their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s website. However, the release of results for candidates sponsored by indebted states will be withheld until their debts are settled. Mr. Areghan urged these states to pay up so that the affected schools and candidates can access their results.
Despite facing challenges such as insecurity, non-adherence to registration deadlines, financial issues, inflation, and rogue website operators, the Council successfully released over 91 percent of the candidates’ results. Out of the 1,613,733 candidates who sat for the examination, 1,361,608 (84.38 percent) obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, while 1,287,920 candidates (79.81 percent) obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
The WASSCE for School Candidates, 2023 concluded on June 23, 2023, and the results were released on August 7, 2023, just one day short of the usual timeframe. The Council in Nigeria has been dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of its service delivery, resulting in the timely release of the examination results. Over 20,867 recognized secondary schools in Nigeria presented candidates for the exam, and there were candidates from schools in Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, and Equatorial Guinea, where the Nigerian curriculum for Senior Secondary Schools is used.
In total, there were 794,280 male candidates and 819,453 female candidates, accounting for 49.22 percent and 50.78 percent, respectively. A small percentage of candidates (137,168 or 8.5 percent) have some of their subjects still being processed due to certain issues, but they can expect to receive their full results in the coming days.
Finally, Mr. Areghan announced that 2023 WASSCE candidates can now access their results and certificates simultaneously, streamlining the process for successful candidates.
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