WAEC releases results, withholds 215,149


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced the release of the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in Nigeria.

Patrick Areghen, WAEC head, Nigeria, in a news briefing announced that the Council withheld 215,149 results.

The number, according to him, represents 13.98% of the total number of candidates that wrote the exams.

He clarified that the results were withheld because candidates were being investigated over different cases of malpractice.


“The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools,” he said.

“81,718 candidates, representing 5.31% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates. Efforts are, however, being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released, subsequently.”

Areghan also said of the 1,538,445 candidates that sat for the exam, 1,338,348, which equals 86.99 percent, had a credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics).

“1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics,” he added.

“Of this number 497,139 i. e. 49.53% were male candidates, while 506,529 i.e. 50.47% were female candidates. The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18%. Thus, there is a marginal 1.06% improvement in performance in this regard,” he explained.

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