MOST candidates who wrote the November/Dec-ember 2011 West African Senior School Certificate Examination will be celebrating
this Christmas in a cheerful mood, as 60 per cent of them passed with credit in English Language and Mathematics.
The Head of National Office (HNO) for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr Iyi Uwadiae, said this at a news conference to announce the results on Wednesday.
According to him, a total of 404,863 candidates, consisting of 225,023 males and 179, 840 females wrote the examination out of which 394,337 of them, representing 97.4 per cent, had their results fully processed, while 10,526 candidates, representing 2.6 per cent, had a few subjects still being processed due to various errors and omissions.
He said that 226,658 candidates, representing 60.86 per cent, obtained credit and above in Mathematics while 226, 188, representing 59.82 per cent, obtained credit and above in English Language.
Uwadiae also said that 147,012 candidates, representing 37.92 per cent, obtained credit and above in six subjects; 199,214 candidates, representing 51.39 per cent, obtained credit and above in five subjects; 246,312, representing 63.54 per cent, obtained credit and above in four subjects.
According to the HNO, 287,918 candidates, representing 74.27 per cent, obtained credit and above in three subjects while a total of 324,393 candidates, representing 83.68 per cent, obtained credit and above in two subjects.
The results also showed that a total of 49 blind candidates wrote the examination with 17 of them, representing 34.69 per cent, obtaining credit and above in five subjects.
Commenting on the errors observed in the examination, Uwadiae said most of them were committed during the online registration for the test while some were committed during the actual conduct of the examination.
He said that the council would work assiduously in order to resolve the errors, so that the results of the affected candidates could be processed and released as soon as possible.
He, however, said the results of 39,066 candidates, representing 9.65 per cent of the total number of candidates, were being withheld for various reports of alleged involvement in examination malpractice.