Although the overall performance leaves more to be desired, statistics of the recently released May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by West African Examination Council (WAEC) still put Nigeria ahead of other countries, especially Ghana.
Of the 1,672,224 candidates who sat for this year’s May/June WASSCE in Nigeria, only 649,156 (38.81 per cent) obtained credit infive subjects, including English and Mathematics, a 37.27 per cent increase over 2011’s result.
Out of the 7,847 candidates from 66 senior secondary schoolsthat registered for 32 subjects in the 2012 WASSCE, only 394 (5.02%) obtained credit passes in five subjects includingEnglish Language and Mathematics.
In Ghana, 324,998 candidates registered for the examination while 62,295 candidates, representing 20.04%, obtained credits in English, Mathematics and, at least, three other subjects.
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Head of National Office, WAEC, Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, and his counterparts in The Gambia and Ghana, agree that there was an improvement in this year’s result when compared to 23.71 per cent in 2010; 30.91 percent in 2011; and 38.81 per cent in 2012.
The Gambia also improved from the 4.45 per cent recorded in 2011 to 5.02 in 2012.
Disclosing that results of 112,000 candidates (6.70%) were being withheld for various reports of alleged involvement in examination malpractice, Uwadiae added “618,924 candidates (40.55%) obtained a credit and above in six subjects; 789,288 candidates (51.71%) obtained five credits and above;943,187 candidates (61.80%) obtained credits in four subjects; 1,084,817 candidates (71.08%) obtained a credit and above in three subjects; while 1,223,359 candidates (80.15%) obtained a credit and above in two subjects.”
The Zonal Co-ordinator, WAEC, Ghana, Mr. N. U. Alozie, pointed out that the results of 51,876 candidates (16. 73%) are being withheld by the Board for their alleged involvement in examination malpractice.
“250,487 candidates (80.78%) have two credits and above; 217,161 candidates (70.03%) have three credits and above; 180,480 candidates (58.20%) have four credits and above; 141,167 candidates (45.52%) obtained five credits and above;while 99,750 candidates (32.16%) obtained six credits and above.”
Commending the performance of science students in the exams, Former, ExecutiveSecretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola, called for the establishment of a national television station which will focus on the transmission of science educationto help students improve on the sciences.
“Government needs to implement such for our students because if we have such dedicated channels for transmission of science programmes, it will help redirect the attention of our students from music to education.”