The West African Examination Council (WAEC), recently announced the withholding of 180,205 candidates results out of the 1,590,173 candidates who sat for the 2019 exams.
This news was made public at the briefing at the Council’s National Office in Yaba, Lagos by the WAEC’s Head of Nigeria National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun.
Adenipekun revealed the results which are withheld represents 11.33 per cent of the total number of candidates who sat for the exam.
He said: “The results of 180,205 candidates, representing 11.33 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
“The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the Council in due course.
“The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.”
He also noted that 1,918 candidates with varying degrees of special needs were registered for the examination.\
“Out of the number, 299 were visually challenged, 842 had impaired hearing, 158 had low vision, 75 were spastic cum mentally challenged and 85 were physically challenged.”
Reports gathered reveals a total of 1,596,161 candidates registered for the examination from 18,639 recognized secondary schools in Nigeria.
Of that number, 1,590,173 candidates wrote the examination, comprising 822,098 males, and 768,075 females.
“This represents 51.70 per cent and 48.30 per cent respectively,” Adenipekun added.