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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has revealed that out of 1,538,445 candidates that sat for the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, 1, 003,668 candidates scored credits and above in five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

This means that 534,777 candidates that sat for the examination did not have credit pass in English and Mathematics.

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WAEC’s Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, disclosed this in a press briefing on Monday.

He also observed that this year’s result was a 1.06% improvement in performance of 2019 candidates.

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*“The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the One Million Five Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand Four Hundred and Forty-Five (1,538,445) candidates that sat the examination, One Million Three Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred and Forty-Eight (1,338,348) candidates, representing 86.99%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics; One Million Three Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Eight (1,003,668) candidates, representing 65.24%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.*

*“A total of One Million Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty (1,549,740) candidates registered for the examination from Nineteen Thousand One Hundred and Twenty-Nine (19,129) recognized secondary schools in Nigeria.*

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*“Of the number that registered for the examination, One Million Five Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand Four Hundred and Forty-Five (1,538,445) candidates sat for the examination,”* he said.

Furthermore, he said that due to allegations of malpractice, WAEC is withholding the results of 215,149 candidates who sat for the examination pending the conclusion of investigation.

*“The results of Two Hundred and Fifteen Thousand One Hundred and Forty-Nine (215,149) candidates, representing 13.98% of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination 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,”* he stated.

Furthermore, he stressed that the results of 81,718 is yet to be fully processed.

*“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, One Million Four Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty-Seven (1,456,727) candidates, representing 94.69% have their results fully processed and released while Eighty-One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighteen (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.*

*“The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools,”* he said.

The secondary level examination is one of the core requirements for any student seeking tertiary level education.

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