The address by the WAEC Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, to announce the release of results of WASSCE SC, 2020 today at the WAEC National Office, Lagos.
ADDRESS BY PATRICK E. AREGHAN. FCGPHEAD OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICE OFTHE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (WAEC), AT A PRESS BRIEFING TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF RESULTS OF THE WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (WASSCE) FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES, 2020 ON MONDAY. NOVEMBER 2, 2020 AT THE WAEC NATIONAL OFFICE, YABA, LAGOS
Gentlemen of the media, it is with a heart full of gratitude to God that, I, on behalf of the Registrar to Council, the Management and Staff of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria, welcome you to this press briefing to announce the release of the results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2020.
The examination was simultaneously and successfully conducted throughout the five-member countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone using one and the same International Timetable.
You will recall that the examination, which was earlier scheduled to commence on 6th April 2020 could not, as a result of the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
Everybody was scared stiff. Nobody wanted to take any action that could further put the life of the Nigerian Child in greater peril. However, after much discussions with relevant authorities, the examination finally commenced on 17″ August 2020 and ended on 12″ September 2020, spanning a period of four weeks.
This was a deliberate attempt to manage the COVID-19 crisis.
The Coordination of Examiners and Marking of Candidates’ Scripts took place at Eighty-four (84) Marking Venues throughout the country.
A total of Seventy Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred, and Ninety-Nine (78,799) Examiners participated in the coordination and marking exercise.
The examination itself was a study in God’s divine intervention. At a time the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic was hanging dangerously in the air like a high-tension wire, WAEC, with the collaboration of the various levels of government and other stakeholders, safely and successfully conducted the examination without any of the candidates contracting the virus in the examination hall or dropping dead.
We are equally happy to inform you that during the conduct of the examination, there was no reported case of any invigilator, supervisor, WAEC staff, or any examination functionary for that matter, being infected with the virus as all the COVID-19 protocols were meticulously observed.
We, the Management and entire staff of the Council in Nigeria, wish to express our profound gratitude to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for allowing the Council to conduct the examination, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We also thank the Honorable Minister of Education, Minister of State for Education, and the various State
Governments, for providing an enabling environment for the successful conduct of the examination.
We wish to extend our gratitude to all the Supervisors, Invigilators, Custodians, Examiners, and other Ad-hoc personnel for their contributions towards the successful conduct of the examination and marking of scripts.
Our sincere appreciation equally goes to the officials of the Federal and State Ministries of Education and Health, Chairmen and Members of the Senate and House Committees on Basic & Secondary Education, Chairman and Members of the Nigeria Administrative and Finance Committee of WAEC, all retired WAEC staff, for their prayers and support, other Friends of the Council, ANCOPPS, the Nigeria Police and other Security Agencies, for their assistance and cooperation during the conduct of the examination.
We are grateful to the schools that availed the Council of the use of their facilities, despite other commitments. May also use this opportunity to once again thank those who donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Council, following our call for donations.
Gentlemen of the media, I am happy to announce that all the processes leading to the release of results have been completed. It is now my pleasure to announce the release of the results of candidates that sat the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2020 in Nigeria.
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. 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 the examination.
The examination was also administered to candidates from some schools in the Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, and Equatorial Guinea where the Nigerian curriculum for Senior Secondary School is being used. Remarkably, the examination was also conducted in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, the first time since the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in the area by insurgents, six years ago.
I also wish to report that a total of Four Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty (4,280) candidates with varying degrees of Special Needs were registered for the examination. Out of this number, Two Hundred and Thirty (230) were visually challenged, Seven Hundred and Forty-Five (745) had impaired hearing; Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-Two (2,852) had a low vision; Thirty-Eight (38) were spastic cum mentally challenged, and Fifty-Eight (58) were physically challenged. All these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the Administration of the examination.
The results of these candidates have been processed and released along with those of other candidates. Of the total number of One Million Five Hundred and Thirty Eighty Thousand Four Hundred and Forty-Five (1,538,445) candidates that sat the examination, Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty (780,660) were males while Seven Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five (757,785) were females, representing 50.74% and 49.26%, respectively.
Out of the 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. Efforts are, however, being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released, subsequently.
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 for 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,
Of this number, Four Hundred and Ninety-Seven-thousand one hundred and thirty-nine (497,139) i.e 49.53% were male candidates, while five hundred and six thousand five hundred and twenty-nine (509,529) i.e 50.47% were female candidates. The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for school candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English and mathematics, was 64.18%. Thus, there is a marginal 1.06% improvement in performance in this regard.
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 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. The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through various schools.
Gentlemen of the media, as I address you at this briefing, the results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org.
The Result Checker PIN and Serial Number required by candidates to check their results online are contained on the Candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the
examination. Certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from today.
I want to whole-heartedly thank all my colleagues – Heads of Division and the entire staff for their dedication, unquestionable sense of commitment, and loyalty, which made my maiden and turbulent examination a huge success. It is gratifying to note that in spite of all odds, we were able to complete all the processes leading to the release of results within the period of time the Council promised its Stakeholders.
Finally, I want to thank you, gentlemen, of the media, for helping to tell our story and for honoring our invitation. As I look back today, I have every cause to, above all, give thanks to God; it could only be Him! To Him be all the glory.
Thank you all and God bless.