By Olabisi Deji-Folutile/Punch
The candidates for this year’s examination performed better than their counterparts in the last three years.
A total of 649,156 candidates representing 38.81 per cent of the total candidates that sat for the examination this year obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
This represents an 8.9 per cent increase above last year’s performance, where 471,474 candidates representing 30.91 per cent had five credits and above in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
In 2010, 317,142 candidates representing 23.71 per cent of the candidates that sat for the examination obtained five credits including English and Mathematics.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday, the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Dr. Iyi Nwadiae, said a total of 1,695,878 candidates registered for this year’s examination out of which 1,672,224 sat for the examination.
He said out of the total number of candidates, 1,545,004, representing 91.10 per cent, had their results fully released, while 150,874 candidates, representing 8.90 per cent had a few of their subjects still being processed because of some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools either in the course of registration or writing the examination.
Nwadiae said of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 771,731 candidates (46.14 per cent), obtained six credits and above and 952,156 candidates representing 56.93 per cent obtained five credits and above.
Apart from improved results this year, the WAEC boss stated that cases of examination malpractices declined compared with previous years.
He said the positive trend was an indication that investment in the education sector was beginning to yield dividends, adding that cases of malpractice would naturally reduce when candidates were adequately prepared for examinations.
He, however, said the results of 112,000 candidates, representing 6.70 per cent were being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.
He explained that the cases were being investigated, adding that the reports of the investigations would be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee of the council in due course for consideration.
He said the committee’s decision would be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools.
He said 114 blind candidates registered for the examination. Out of this number, 95 candidates sat for the examination.
He said candidates could check their results on the council’s website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 48 hours.