20th August, 2010
Thirteen blind students who sat for the 2010 West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE obtained credits in five subjects, including English Language.
This was disclosed by Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, Head of the Nigeria National Office, West African Examinations Council, WAEC, yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria while announcing the release of this yearâ€™s WASCE results.
According to Uwadiae, 98 blind students sat for the examination out of which 13 got five credits, including English Language, but noted that blind candidates were exempted from taking Mathematics and science practicals.
He announced that overall, 1,351,557 candidates sat for the examination out of which the results of 77,168 students were withheld due to alleged examination malpractice.
He added that 1,278,843 students had their results fully processed while 72,714 others had a few of their subjects still being processed as various errors and omissions mostly traceable to them were being sorted out by the council, stressing that the errors were committed during the online registration and the actual conduct of the examination.
Uwadiae disclosed that 1,058,806 students, 78.33%, had two credits and above; 936,470 candidates, 68.84% had three credits and above and 806,583 candidates, 59.67% had four credits and above.
Also in the result released, 677,007 students, 50.09% obtained five credits and above while 534,841 students, 39.57% obtained six credits and above.
From the total number of students who sat for the examination, 337,071 students, 24.94% obtained credits in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects; 451,187 students, 33.38% obtained credit and above in English Language, while 560,974 students, 41.50% obtained credit and above in Mathematics.
According to Uwadiae, all the reports on cases of involvement in examination malpractices had been compiled for presentation to the Nigeria Examination Committee of the Council in November 2010.
He said the committeeâ€™s decisions on the cases would be communicated to the affected schools and candidates shortly, through the councilâ€™s zonal and branch offices.
Uwadiae added that candidates who sat for the examination would be able to check the details of their performance at the schools which presented them for the examination or with their scratch cards on the councilâ€™s website.
He, however, disclosed that the council was set for the conduct of the November/December 2010 WASCE for private candidates which commences 30 August, 2010, stressing that both management and staff were working round the clock to ensure that the examination was conducted hitch-free.