Mass failure, especially in the core subject areas, trailed the results of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC’s November/December 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE released yesterday.
The body said, out of the 237,154 candidates who sat for the exams, only 79,490 candidates, representing 33.51 percent, obtained 6 credits and above, with 235,542 candidates, representing 99.32 percent having their results fully processed and released.
Announcing the results in Lagos, the Head of the Nigeria National Office, Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun, said the results of 28,768 candidates, representing 12.13 percent of the number of candidates who wrote the examination, were withheld for further investigation in connection with various cases of examination malpractices.
The examination agency said, “Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 79,490 candidates (33.51 per cent) obtained 6 credits and above; 113,573 candidates (47.88 per cent) obtained 5 credits.
“In addition, 146,253 candidates, representing 61.67 percent obtained credits and above in 4 subjects, while 175,718 candidates, representing 74.09 percent obtained credits and above in 3 subjects.
“A total of 200,304 candidates (84.46 percent) obtained credits and above in 2 subjects.”
He however said that 1612 candidates (0.68 per cent) have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates, which is being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates have their results.
Speaking further, Adenipekun said that the council in an effort to protect the integrity of its examinations and to remain many steps ahead of perpetrators of examination malpractice deployed a cutting edge technology named “CredenceOne” in the conduct of the examinations.
He said that, with the new innovation, WAEC- Nigeria now has its biometric fingerprint identification and verification system on a mobile device.

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