Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WAEC releases results for private candidates, keeps mute over date for annual May/June exam

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

However, the examination body said it is yet to conclude on the date for the WASSCE for school candidates, usually held in May/June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector,” head of the Nigeria national office of WAEC, Patrick Areghan, said at a press briefing in Lagos. “The academic calendar has been distorted.
“It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released. All stakeholders are requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear from WAEC.”
The private candidate examinations, usually scheduled for November, were held between February and March 2021 “under strict COVID-19 protocols.”

According to WAEC, there is no reported case of any invigilator, supervisor, WAEC staff or any examination functionary being infected with the dreaded Coronavirus disease.

About 7,690 candidates entered for the examination, representing a 38% decline when compared with the 2020 figure.

Only 2,195 candidates, representing 30.11% obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Mr Areghan said the number of candidates that had five credits, including English Language and Mathematics may not necessarily be a basis for judging the level of performance in this examination because the examination is more or less a remedial one.

Some candidates may just need only one or two papers, other than English Language and /or Mathematics to remedy their admission deficiencies.