The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has made a decisive announcement regarding the release of the 2023 results for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). State governments with pending debts owed to the council will face consequences as the results of candidates sponsored by these states will not be released alongside others.
During a press briefing on Monday, Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of Nigeria Office at WAEC, unveiled this stance while unveiling the 2023 WASSCE results. He identified Zamfara, Niger, and six other states as having substantial debts to the council, leading to this measure.
“WAEC has continued to grant credit facilities to some very credit-worthy and reliable states who pay the registration fee of their candidates. Unfortunately, some states have been owing large sums of money for years now and have simply refused to pay after the needed services had been rendered by WAEC, thus denying us the needed funds to carry out our activities,” Mr. Areghan stated.
He underscored the importance of commitment, willingness, and readiness on the part of states sponsoring candidates for the examination. The withholding of results serves as a reminder for indebted states to fulfill their financial obligations, enabling the affected candidates and schools to access their results.
Out of the 1,613,733 candidates who participated in the examination, 1,361,608 candidates, which translates to 84.38%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects. Additionally, 79.81% of candidates secured credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
However, 262,803 candidates have had their results withheld due to various instances of reported examination malpractice. Mr. Areghan pointed out that this represents 16.29% of the total candidates who participated in the examination.
Mr. Areghan shed light on the challenges faced by candidates, emphasizing dwindling study habits, lack of self-confidence, and inadequate preparation for examinations. He noted that an over-reliance on “Expo,” a term for leaked exam content, had led to frustration among candidates who discovered the reality upon entering the examination hall.
The 2023 WASSCE took place over a span of seven weeks, commencing on May 8 and concluding on June 23. The results release decision underscores WAEC’s dedication to maintaining integrity in the examination process while urging states to fulfill their financial commitments to ensure the smooth release of results for deserving candidates.