The results, which showed improved performance compared to previous years, witnessed a pass rate of 74,700 (24.16 per cent) in 2010 and 139,827 (36.07 per cent) in 2011 while statistics for 2012 showed an increased performance of 150,615 (37.97 per cent).
Announcing the results at the WEAC Headquaters in Lagos, the Nigerian Head of National Office, Mr Charles Eguridu revealed that a total of 413,266 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 396,614 candidates, consisting 216,600 males and 180,014 females sat for the examination while 406,108 candidates representing 98.27 per cent have their results fully processed.
Out of the number, 150,615 representing 37.97 percent obtained credits in five subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.
He however, disclosed that 7,158 candidates representing 1.73 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors and omissions during registration and actual conduct of the examination.
Besides, he said a total number of 49 blind candidates registered for the examination out of which 23 candidates representing 46.93 per cent obtained credits in five subjects including English Language adding that blind candidates do not sit for Mathematics and Science practical in WAACE diets.
Giving a further breakdown of the results, the HNO said candidates’ performance in the November/December 2010-2012 WASSCE shows that there has been a consistent improvement in the performance of candidates “this is an indication that investment in the education sector, particularly, under the transformation agenda of the present administration is beginning to yield dividends.”
Also, he expressed regret that candidates still engage in examination malpractice as a result of which a total of 47,289 candidates’ results representing 11.04 per cent are being withheld in connection with cases of examination malpractice.
“All the reports on cases of involvement in examination malpractice have been compiled for presentation to Nigeria Examination of the council at its next meeting”.he added.
Eguridu also decried the dearth of qualified teachers, inadequate and dilapidated classrooms, lack of teaching aids and other facilities in most secondary schools in the country appealing to the Federal and State governments as well as proprietors of schools to take steps towards addressing these challenges.
He also implored state ministries of education to ensure that only schools with the necessary facilities to function are duly approved and registered.
According to him, these measures if taken whole-heartedly while effective teaching and learning is promoted across all levels, standards would be improved and examination malpractice would decline drastically.