The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released statistics of candidates who obtained credit passes and above in five subjects, including English language and mathematics in its 2015 November/December Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations results, which were announced last Thursday.
Only 67,713 candidates, representing 29.33 per cent from the total 237,154 candidates, including 37 visually impaired persons, who sat for the examination, obtained credit in the five subjects’ combination required to secure admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria and other countries of the world.
Public Affairs Officer of the council, Demianus Ojijeogu, made the figure available in an email sent to newsmen over the weekend in accordance with the directive of Head of Nigeria National Office of the examination body, Olutise Adenipekun, who did not release the statistics while announcing the results on Thursday.
The WAEC boss, who assumed office two weeks ago following the retirement of Charles Eguridu, had said that it would be a misinformation to base or measure the overall performance of candidates in the November/ December edition of the council’s exams on those who obtained credit passes and above in five subjects, including English language and mathematics.
According to him, this is because many candidates sit for November/ December edition as make-up exams for their deficiencies in the May/ June results and may not necessarily need to write subjects they had passed satisfactorily already.