The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the 2016 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
A statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, said 1,576 candidates had some of their subjects results cancelled while 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled.
Reports of widespread leakages in the examinations compelled WAEC to tighten its security measures.
At least three papers according to WAEC, were “compromised”, but the council did not cancel any of the papers when the issue emanated.
The statement also noted that, “the general performance for the 2016 is significant improvement over that of 2015.”
WAEC said though it is in the process of dispatching the results to the various candidates, adding, “those who desire, may access their results at the Council’s website.”
According to WAEC, a total of 125,065 students obtained A1 to C6 in English Language, which is 53.19%, 59,725 (25.40%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,595 (19.82%) had F9.
For Mathematics, 77,108 (32.83%) obtained A1-C6; 65,007 (27.68%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 89,477 (38.10%) had F9.
About 113,933 students obtained A1-C6 in Integrated Science which is 48.48%, 75,938 (32.32%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 42,519 (18.09%) had F9.
Below are excerpts of WAEC’s statement on the malpractices
Following the conclusion of investigations into cases of examination malpractices detected during the conduct of the examination:
1. 1,576 candidates had their subjects results cancelled;
2. 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled;
3. 13 candidates had their entire results cancelled and have been barred from taking any of the Council’s examinations for two years mainly for impersonation during the examination.
With the aid of the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software; 2,293 candidates who were identified to have cheated in the following core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science have had their relevant subject results cancelled. The software did not detect any cheating in Social Studies.
The IDP software was introduced to enable the Council detect cheating in the objective tests which hitherto, went largely unnoticed.
Additionally, the entire results of candidates presented by 85 schools have been withheld whilst investigations into alleged cases of mass cheating are being conducted.
The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise.