The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has withheld the entire results of candidates from 185 schools on suspicion of malpractices during and after the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to a statement announcing the provisional results of the 2017 WASSCE, the examination body said the results of the candidates have been withheld “pending conclusion of investigations into malpractices detected during and after the examinations.”
“Results of candidates from 31 out of the 185 schools were detected with the Item Differentia profile (IDP) software, which showed cheating in the objective tests,” Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC said in a statement.
“The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise,” the statement added.
The Council said this year’s figures show a slight improvement of last year’s results.
WAEC said for English Language, 155,077, representing 54.06% obtained between A1 and C6 while 73,409 (25.59%) had between D7 and E8 while 58, 351, representing 20.35%, had F9.
For Mathematics WAEC stated that 122,450 (42.73%) had A1-C6 while 106, 024 (37%) had D7-E8 and a total of 58,070 (20.27%) had F9.
In Integrated Science, 125,204 (43.66%) passed (A1-C6) while 84851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8.
About 26.75%, translating to 76,693 failed (F9) in Integrated Science.
For social studies, 67,078 failed while 149, 806 passed (A1-C6) with 69,795 obtaining between D7 and E8.