August 10, 2015 – May/June 2015 Examination: WAEC Seizes 500,386 Candidates Results From 13 States Over N4 Billion Debt
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Monday released the results of the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) taken by 1.6million candidates but only 39 per cent obtained five credits including English and Maths.
No fewer than 988,878 candidates representing 61 per cent who wrote the school exam either obtained six, five, four, three and two credits and above without English, Maths thus are not qualified to seek admission into the universities, polytechnic and colleges of education.
The management of the council kept to its threat when results of candidates in 13 states were not released because the governors of the affected states failed to meet up payment for their sponsored candidates in the May/June 2015 WASSCE.
Releasing the results of the May/June 2015 WASSCE, WAEC Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Charles Eguridu, acknowledged marginal improvement in the performance of candidates and the intervention of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) to give the state governments some time to settle their bills.
Despite pressure from newsmen, the management failed to mention or release the names of the 13 states owing the council saying opposition parties would hijack the issue but noted that Imo, Delta and Edo states were not part of the 19 states indebted to WAEC.
According to the HNO, after the two weeks ultimatum by the council management, six states have fully or partially paid the registration fees of their sponsored candidates and that the remaining 13 states results would only be released when the debt are paid.
His words: ‘’You will recall that when I addressed you on this issue on July 27, 2015, I alerted the nation on the challenges which the council was facing in Nigeria as a result of this indebtedness, and its adverse effects on our operations. I had stated then that the council may be constrained from releasing the results of government-sponsored candidates of the affected states.
‘’After my pronouncement, a few of the debtor states responded by paying their debts fully or partially; while a few others made promises, indicating their willingness to pay as soon as they are able to do so. Others have not made any efforts in addressing the matter.
‘’After reviewing the situation, the council has decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, so that the council will be assured that the fees will be paid. This decision is in appreciation of the general prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardize the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states’’.
He revealed that when the results are upload tomorrow (today), those of the 13 states would not be included noting ‘’I sympathize with you Journalist on the pressure from your offices to get the names of the states indebted to the council. If I release the names, opposition parties will take advantage of the issue as a campaign tool’’.
Giving a breakdown of the results, Mr. Eguridu said a total of 616,370 candidates, representing 38.68 per cent obtained credit in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
[By GABRIEL DIKE, Daily Sun]