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WAEC Releases 2023 WASSCE Results, Success Rate Hits 79.81%

By Adedapo Adesanya

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Monday, August 7, released the results of the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) it conducted for schools, with almost 80 per cent of the candidates recording success.

The West African examination body declared that out of over 1.6 million students who sat for the exam, about 1,287,920 candidates, representing 79.81 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Nigerian tertiary institutions consider a minimum of five subjects, including English and Maths, as requirements for admission, mostly in one sitting or, in some cases, two sittings in select schools.

The examination body said out of the 1,613,733 total candidates that sat the examination, the results of 262,803 candidates are being withheld “due to reports of cases of examination malpractice.”

The Head of Nigeria’s Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, who announced the release of the results today in Lagos, also hinted at his exit from the organisation as he is set to retire in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Mr Areghan announced an improvement in pass rate by candidates as a total of 1,361,608 candidates, representing 84.38 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects with or without English Language or Mathematics.

In 2022, 76.36 per cent of the 1,601,047 candidates that sat for the examination obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

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