The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results of candidates who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) following completion of all post-examination processes.
The provisional results, according to the Council, showed marked improvements in the performance of candidates at Grades Al to C6 in English Language and Mathematics (Core) compared to 2019.
A statement issued by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affair at WAEC, indicated that the 2020 results showed 57.34% of the students made the grades in English language compared to the 48.96% in 2019 while in core mathematics, 65.71% made the grades in 2020 as against 65.31% in 2019.
Integrated Science and Social Studies, however, recorded a decline in the performance of candidates at Grades Al to C6 in 2020 compared to 2019 with 52.53% in 2020 compared to 63.17% in 2019, and 64.31% in 2020 compared to 75.43% in 2019 for Social Studies.
The results, according to the statement, will be dispatched to the schools of the candidates who are advised to contact their heads of school.
The Council has meanwhile hosted the results online and therefore candidates who wish may access their results at the Council’s website – www.waecgh.org.
According to WAEC, a total of 375,763 candidates from 976 schools entered for the examination, which is made up of 187,581 (49.9%) males and 188,182 (50.1%) females.
A total of 3,343 (0.89%) of the candidates who registered did not, however, take the examination. The 2020 figure is 8.6% higher than the 2019 candidature of 346, 098.
The Council cautioned all stakeholders, especially candidates, to be wary of fake results websites and the activities of fraudsters who promise to upgrade results for a fee.
The results, the Council said, are secured and can be authenticated and urged institutions to therefore verify results presented to them to expose incidents of forgery.
WAEC disclosed that the results of 2,383 candidates have been cancelled for engaging in collusion, bringing foreign material to the examination hall and tearing part of their question papers to solicit assistance.
On the other hand, the entire results of 480 candidates have been cancelled for bringing mobile phones to the examination hall while the entire results of 384 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
The scripts of candidates from 122 schools in certain subjects, the Council said, are undergoing scrutiny.
It indicated the withheld may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations.