Mass WASSCE failure: 70% score below 5 credits

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… Fail English Language, Mathematics

 ABOUT 70% of candidates that sat for 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) private examination failed to credit five subjects, including

English Language and Mathematics.

  Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Patrick Areghan, disclosed this in a media

briefing yesterday.

According to him, while 7,690 candidates entered for the examination which was conducted between February 15 and March 11, 7,289 actually sat for the examination at 252 centres across the country.

This, he attributed the drop to the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

But Areghan said the percentage of private candidates in 2019 and 2020 that got credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics were 26.08 per cent and 32.23 per cent respectively.

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per cent and 32.23 per cent respectively.

Explaining that there was a marginal decrease of 2.12 per cent in the performance of candidates for 2019 and 2020 compared to 2021 result, he said of the 7,289 candidates that sat the examination, 3,593 were males while 3,696 were females, representing 49.29 per cent and 50.71 per cent respectively.

He also disclosed that the May/June 2021 WASSCE would no longer hold in May because COVID-19 disrupted the academic calendar of

schools nationwide.

He said out of the 7,289 that sat for the examination, the results of 599 were withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

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Analysis of statistics of performance of candidates showed that out of those that sat for the examination, a total of 3,938 obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

A total of 2,195 others obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

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