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Nigeria: Results of May/June 2009 WASSCE out E-mail

 

ADDRESS BY DR IYI UWADIAE MNIM, HEAD OF NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICE OF THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL AT A MEDIA BRIEFING TO FORMALLY ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF RESULTS FOR THE MAY/JUNE 2009 WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (WASSCE) ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 AT WAEC OFFICE, YABA, LAGOS

 

Gentlemen of the media, on behalf of the Management and staff of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council, I warmly welcome you to this interactive media briefing. I sincerely thank you for honouring our invitation even at short notice. You have my assurance that this briefing will not take too much of your time so as to enable you attend to other equally pressing assignments.

 

 

Gentlemen of the media, as you are all aware, the conduct of the November/December diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has commenced. To this end, the Management and staff of the Council are working assiduously to ensure that the examination is not only conducted hitch-free, but also that the results of the examination are released according to schedule. As our friends in progress, I urge you to find time and visit some of our centres as observers during the conduct of the examination.

 

As part of our mission to bring our services closer to our stakeholders, I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Ekiti State, earlier this year, provided an office complex and two  vehicles (one utility vehicle and one saloon car) for the take-off of our branch office in the State Capital, Ado- Ekiti. Permit me to use this occasion to thank and express our profound appreciation to His Excellency, Engineer Segun Oni, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State and the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tunji Odeyemi for fulfilling the aspiration and yearning of the people of the Fountain of Knowledge to make the presence of the Council in the state a reality. The Ado Ekiti Branch Office of WAEC is now fully operational.

 

Distinguished Gentlemen of the media, I am glad to inform you that the Council has printed and delivered the certificates of candidates that sat the May/June 2007 WASSCE to its zonal and branch offices.  Candidates that sat the examination should contact their schools for the certificates. The printing of the certificates for the November/December 2007 WASSCE diet has commenced and will be completed soon.

 

Gentlemen of the media, the Council, in its quest to continue to exploit available Information and Communication Technology, in order to improve on service delivery to its numerous stakeholders, is to commence online confirmation and verification of results shortly. In addition, the Council is equally exploring the adoption of e-marking of candidates’ scripts in the nearest future.

 

Distinguished Gentlemen of the media, one of the reasons why the Council introduced on-line registration for its examinations is to eliminate avoidable errors committed during registration for its examinations. Unfortunately, however, five years after we commenced online registration for our examinations, candidates and schools have been inundating us with all manner of requests for amendments for errors committed by them during registration.

 

We have discovered, however, that some candidates deliberately introduce errors during registration in order to come back and ask for ‘corrections’ to satisfy their fraudulent intentions. I wish to use this platform to strongly advise all schools presenting candidates for the Council’s May/June school examination diets, and the candidates for the November/December private candidates’ examination diets, to endeavour to enter correct data and verify them before uploading their entries as the Council intends to put a stop to any requests for amendments in future examinations.

 

Today, Gentlemen of the media, I am pleased to announce the release of the results of the May/June 2009 WASSCE, according to schedule.  A total of 1, 373, 009 candidates consisting of 755, 955 male and 617, 054 female candidates sat the May/June 2009 WASSCE.

 

Out of above total 1, 265, 090 candidates, representing 92.14% have their results processed, while 107, 919 candidates, and representing 7. 86% have a few of their subjects still being processed, as various errors and omissions mostly traceable to them are being sorted out by the Council.  Some of these errors and omissions occurred during online registration for the examination, and some were committed during the actual conduct of the examination. The results of 109, 201 candidates, representing 8.0 % are being withheld based on various reports of their alleged involvement in examination malpractice.

 

Furthermore, statistics show that 1,007,659 candidates, representing 73.3% have two credits and above, 860,665 candidates (62.68%) have three credits and above, and 718,269 candidates (52.3 %) have four credits and above.  Also 574,108 candidates (41.87%) obtained five credits and above, while 426,244 candidates (31.04%) obtained six credits and above.

 

However, out of the total number of candidates who sat the examination, 356, 981 candidates, representing 25.99 % obtained credits and above in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects. These are the candidates who can secure admission into tertiary institutions without combining two results. A breakdown of this figure shows that 116, 729 candidates are Science oriented; 33, 024 candidates are Social Science biased, while 100, 632 candidates are Arts oriented.

 

A total of 84 blind candidates sat the examination.  Five blind candidates representing 5. 95% obtained credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

 

All the reports on cases of involvement in examination malpractice are being compiled for presentation to the Nigeria Examinations Committee of the Council.  The Committee’s decisions on the various cases will be communicated to the affected candidates shortly, through their schools.

 

Meanwhile, candidates who sat the examination will be able to check the details of their performance through their school principals or with their scratch cards on our results checking website: http://www.waecdirect.org within the next 24 hours.

 

Gentlemen of the media, once again, on behalf of the Management of the Council, I thank you sincerely for honouring our invitation to this media briefing.

 

Thank you and God bless.

 

 

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