Again, over 70 percent of WAEC candidates “fail” exams

Students writing an exam used to illustrate this story

More than 70 percent of the candidates who sat for the 2014 November/ December 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), failed to make five credits, Mathematics and English Language inclusive, the exams body announced Thursday.

Scoring five credits with the two subjects is regarded as the pass mark for the exams.

The Head, National Office of the Council, Charles Eguridu, who announced the results Thursday at a news conference in Lagos, said of the total 241,161 candidate who sat for the examinations in 2014, only 72,522 scored five credits with the two key subjects, giving a pass rate of 29.27 percent.

In 2013, out of 298,971 candidates who sat for the exams, a total of 86,612 candidates, representing, 29.17 percent obtained credits in 5 subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

The 2014 performance improved dismally upon the 2013 record, at less than one percent.

The examination body said it withheld 28,817 results.

According to Mr. Eguridu, the results were not released because they were connected to examination malpractice.

He said such cases were already being investigated and that the reports of the investigations would be presented to the Nigeria Examination Committee (NEC) of the council for consideration.

Mr. Eguridu said the committee’s decision would be communicated to the affected candidates in due course.

Giving a further breakdown of the results of candidates, he said 132,521 male and 114,332 female candidates sat for the examination.

He noted that of the figure, a total of 241,161 candidates representing 97.69 per cent had their results fully released, while 5,691 others, representing 2.31 per cent had a few of their subjects still being processed, due to some errors.

Mr. Eguridu said that the errors were mainly traceable to the candidates and cyber cafés in the course of registration or writing the examination.

He explained that the errors were already being corrected by the council, to enable the affected candidates get their results.

Mr. Eguridu said that a total of 75,313 candidates, obtained six credits and above, while 110,346 others obtained five credits and above.

According to him, 145,036 candidates representing 58.75 percent obtained credits and above in four subjects, while 177,177 others representing 71.77 percent obtained credits and above in three subjects.

He said that a total of 205,090 candidates obtained credits and above in two subjects.

He said that a total of 48 blind candidates registered and sat for the examination, with four of them obtaining credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

Walk-in-Candidates
Mr. Eguridu said that the result, when compared to 2012 and 2013 results, showed a marked increase in candidates’ performance.

He noted that as an organisation that was innovation driven, the council had introduced the “Walk-in-Candidates” registration.

According to him, the platform allows intending candidates who were unable to register during the normal registration period to register and sit for the examination.

Mr. Eguridu noted that the 2014 Nov./Dec. WASSCE recorded a total of 701 `Walk-in-Candidates’ who registered and sat for the examination.

On how the council was able to conduct the examination in some states with security concerns, Mr. Eguridu lauded the joint efforts of the Federal and the affected state governments.

He also commended other security agencies for providing the council with enough security through the conduct of the examination.

“I must say that we faced a lot of challenges, moving our materials and men to such areas. But I think at the end of the day, we equally have to thank God that no casualty was recorded,’’ he said.

Mr. Eguridu, however, urged candidates who sat for the examination to check the details of their performance on the council’s result website, within the next 48 hours.

He said in order to maintain uniformity, guard against malpractice and improve standards, the council had designed and introduced customised, transparent mathematical sets, with an in-built non-programmable scientific calculator.

Mr. Eguridu said the calculator would help in ensuring conformity with the rules and regulations of the examination.

He said the council had continued its quest of improving its service delivery system, particularly through the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr. Eguridu noted that during the Nov./Dec. examination, the council deployed biometric technology in the registration of candidates.

He added that the data captured during the registration formed the basis for the identification of candidates and taking of attendance during examination.

(NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    When a leader is cursed everything under him get affected. How will the pass when there is no peace, no food, no light to read and teachers are Hungry, under paid and abandon ? Vote them out !

    • warry

      Last time I checked Secondary school education is the responsibility of individual states.

      • amazing2012

        So when the student from all the individuals states failed then something must have join them together. The issue is that teachers all over the country are not treated well.
        Is light and security individual states responsibility ?

        • sharp shape

          You have cow dung for brains

          • amazing2012

            I need point not confirmation of ignorance.

          • sharp shape

            What point don’t go and train your gremlins blame it on mr president !

          • amazing2012

            Surely the students, their parents, the society and their respective states has a role to play but the major institution to shoulder responsibility is the federal government. For instance security and light who provided that ?

          • warry

            I agree with would contribute in the states affected. That is why we should have supported the Army and FG from the beginning, but we were playing politics with it until BH became this equipped. We should continue the present support to defeat BH

          • Otile

            May we never defeat bokoharam. May they continue to bug their people down. All say Amin.

          • Denis_NG

            and you don’t think this prayer of yours is un-Christian?

          • Otile

            It is a good prayer. I am a peaceful Christian man. I don’t want our troops to kill anybody in the name of one Nigeria. I pray that they deal with their own people according to the dictates of their Holy Qur-an. The Holy Qur-an specifically specified who among them should be killed and who should be spared. That’s what they got sharia for. Sharia is not part of my own heritage, I don’t care what they do with their own people. As you people say in Fulaniland wetin konsan baaba and ngulu?

        • warry

          I remember you did opo imo and you still failed. Instead of you to do thorough review to ascertain what went wrong, you are shifting blames. Typical attitude of those whose understanding of issues is deficient.The ones that passed who bought generators for them?

          • amazing2012

            Their parents !

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Keep quiet !! The Sharia states run a curriculum which negates the realities of a modern-leaning exam like the WASSC.

        • Otile

          Don’t you know that distraction from your bokoharm cannot let students concentrate, study and pass exams? Again stop preaching to them that western education is haram. You know that if you banish these dangerous Islamic teachings students will study better and pass exams. Islamic North is forever dragging us back.

    • Oleku

      In Islam education is haram, why do you expect the Mohammedans to excel in waec?

      • amazing2012

        the report did not mentioned states, ethnicity or religion. Though I am not muslim and will never be one but your hate to them is that of pagan act not Christianity. Pray for them to accept the light our saviour Jesus Christ. Curse only out from the mind that is cursed.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          We are talking about a region which was relatively doing well educationally before they were over-run by fundamentalist fanatics with retrogressive Sharia laws. The likes of Boko-haram are now saying that anything apart from reciting the koran is abomination…….do you need to be told more?

          • amazing2012

            Did the report mentioned region ? You just hate these people a Christian does not hate.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are the one who hates the region because you just do not want to tell them the truth. You would rather pretend that everything is allright with the system as mass illiteracy prevails due to an ill-conceived Sharia system.

          • amazing2012

            OK tell them the truth, please mention the truth now !

      • Maria

        Yet arab countries spend huge resources on their education… you are simply a bigot. Before your forefathers were liberated from eating banana with monkeys in the jungles, arabs have been getting PhDs.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          I guess your own forefathers were eating caviar and drinking champagne before they were liberated abi ?

        • Mariana

          Let Tinubu, Bokohari, IBB, abacha, Kwankwaso, Emir of Kano, Sultan, OBJ, all legislathieves etc tell us etc tell us were their children attend schools. Certainly not in the North but outside the country. But these confused elements whose children go to schools abroad, are the ones telling us that they are an alternative…and certain worse idiots will come on line and begin to support such scallywags.

          • Maria

            Tinubu never told anyone that there is alternative education. When you comment, let your comment come with senses…stupid comment. Ask Ali Modu Sherif…Jonathan godfather why he created boko haram.

    • sharp shape

      So Jonathan is to blame for kids that won’t work hard enough to pass their exams ! Please get your head out of you a $$ its too far deep in sh! T ! Nonsense

  • Oleku

    We are just wasting our time funding education in the Arewa north–squandering my scarce oil resources on people whose brains are in an auto retrogressive state–they have demanded that Western education be banned in their enclave–why waste oil resources that could be use to empower the SS&SE citizens–this madness must stop–let the Mohammedans with their sharia–you can force a donkey to a stream but you can’t do is compel it to drink water

    • Benicio

      You realize you just said that out loud…..
      What would happen if the entire world thought that way. If the World Red cross, First aid org, UN and all aid organizations stood by and thought the people of Liberia, SL and Guinea were not worth the funds to help combat ebola, if they didn’t send aid to Haiti when the whole country was ravaged by the storm, if the world did not intervene in the civil conflicts in Liberia et all…. The list goes on. But these are your direct NEIGHBORS. serious!!
      Because a people are under-served, poorly governed and poorly educated by no means makes them less than you. Versus condemning these people let’s come together and fix the system; the system can only be fixed from the inside. Let’s all get involved from a grassroots level, Let’s have discussions on how the education system/ curricula can be changed to address social deficiencies and how it can keep up with the rest of the “developed world”. How

  • Sanmi Cole

    Editor,

    Nigeria’s future is now in complete doubt as a single, united or prosperous country.
    No country can ever build a good future on mass illiteracy fostered by official thefts.

  • sammyctu ode

    Since 1999 when the so called pdp took over, education has been declining but it has gotten worse in the last six years since jonathan has been president. Are the teachers and students to be blamed? CAPITAL NO! When the FG and even State governments have not provided the condusive environment, there is no way our students can excel. A friend of mine who works for an international organization told me that they visited Eboyin, Abia, Enugu states and found out that students were studying in dilapidated leaking classrooms, no text books and most shocking teachers were selling all sorts of wares. These have been pdp controlled states since 1999. I am not saying that other states even in APC controlled states fare better but one can see improvements there. Our prayer is that GMMB wins comes February and I am sure he will put Mrs. Oby Ekwesile (Madame Due Process) as Minister of Education and I believe she will turn things around in our education sector.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      And voting in an illiterate will turn this around? O.

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    Why wont they fail when they spend over 72% of their time on Social media, especially on Premium Times? How can someone like Tundemash pass WAEC or the other craze boy wey they jump up they shout “I live in Germany”! How will such area boys pass common WAEC?

    But I have a solution. These students shud be taught in their own ‘international’ languages. I mean to say, if I am an Isoko living in Emede or Sapele, administer the WAEC questions in Isoko, Urhobo or Itsekiri. There is no way you will not record 92% pass rate. But when you set the questions in another man’s Language which is millions of kilometers accross the Ocean, how do you expect people to pass?

    There are more people in Port Harcourt than Norway of 5.1m peoples. But while the Norwegian President speaks Norway when addressing UN, the Nigerian presidents in a continent with over 220m peoples, try to speak the Language of people in England. Shame! This is why some elders of thought like us have advised Great Jona to give his next UN speech in Ijaw. Those wey no go hear should employ interpreters from Niger Delta. It is all about job creation.

    Lack of understanding of English word called “Confederation” by Gowon made us fight civil war for 3yrs. We should learn from history.

    • Denis_NG

      For your information, Ijaw is not a part of the three major regional languages recognized in Nigeria, so if Jonathan has to deliver a UN speech in vernacular, he is limited to choosing from any of Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba and I bet, he can speak none of these either.

    • campol

      Nailed there..lol

  • Maria

    Transformation agenda of Badluck Jonanathan.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      All those Sharia states where Arabic is the main subject will present the bulk of the failures. If you check the break-down according to states you will see that the SE will always be ahead followed by the SW or SS .
      The problem is systemic,only a bigoted hater will try to deflect blame to GEJ !!

      • Maria

        In essence, you mean 70% of those who wrote the exams are from the north? You need education.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          If you have any knowledge of statistics,you would have understood me, Well I meant that there is a huge population where failure is constantly guaranteed……and that is the Sharia north !!

          • Maria

            So, what is the distribution of the performance? Most of the time, majority of those sitting for exams in Nigeria are from the south. So, from your warped knowledge of statistics, how would the population with the lowest distribution form the bulk of 70%? I am sorry, I am not sure you passed SSCE maths.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The pattern has been consistent for at least the last five years,the Islamic north are a dead weight where failure is constantly guaranteed ,the rate of failure in those states is as high as 95% in some of those states. Keep blaming GEJ……Olodo !

          • Maria

            Na you be olodo, omo ale, omo rankiran.

          • Otile

            Maria, these words are incompatible with the image of our Blessed Mary. They are words of the devil. Stay away from things of the devil.

          • Denis_NG

            I am now convinced you are Reno Omokri, the “Pastor”. You like to thump the bible, but fail to follow its teachings except when it suits your jaundiced position. Leave maria alone and focus on your own deliverance!

          • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

            At least you agree that the north has refused to be schooled. Drawing the nation ever backwards.

  • sharp shape

    I know some losers will blame Jonathan for the abysmal performance of their lazy wards ! Mtcheeeeeeeew !

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The Sharia north is the bulk of the failure because they spend more time reciting the koran

      • sharp shape

        Gbam !

    • Maria

      Badluck Jonathan.

      • Tunsj

        You are right. BADLUCK SHOELESS GUTLESS JONATHAN.

  • Umma

    Ideally no one should blame mr Jonathan for the failure of students who wrote WAEC, but some of his rhapsodic supporters highlighted not long ago that the slight change recorded in the last waec/neco exams was as a result of his leadership qualities. So yes, i wholly put the blame on him for this massive failure..

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    “The 2014 performance improved dismally upon the 2013 record, at less than one percent.”

    And they are reporting failure in an educational system! Chai. Nigeria. How do you ‘improve dismally” omg! wtf!

  • the truth

    Why won’t they fail when people like maria, tundemash, sammyctu ode and co spend most of their time on premium times instead of burning candles and reading

    • Maria

      Yah mama get access to Internet? No be alaba u dey dey sell bend down choose? Thanks to MTN,Glo, etc…were.

      • the truth

        my mama get access to internet and she thought me on the principles of embracing education and always factual based in my analysis. With her guidance in ensuring the best for her kids i was enrolled in school and i was thought that approximately 96% of secondary schools are controlled by the state government.While i was having this education you were busy getting hammered on lekki bridge. So when the state government schools fail i know who to blame. But due to your mum’s insistence on you prostituting to take care of her and your half brothers and sisters(from different fathers) you didn’t get that education. And now you are blaming gej on a state government’s responsibility. Abeg try hit adult education because i know your cookie don turn badagry expressway by now

        • Maria

          Oloshi… yet you export beggars to Lagos and South west daily. When some were deported for polluting south west lately, you cried to high heavens… yeye people always boast they are something when they are nothing.

          • Otile

            So, this is how you see my people. Allah

          • the truth

            my people are too sophisticated to be beggars. If you had kept your polluted and public camel toe private at your school age we wouldn’t be going through me teaching you who controls education. I hope with this tutorial i was able to convince and not to confuse you that most schools are controlled by state governments and private enterprise. Let me ask you a question. In your state how many federal government schools are situated? How many private and government secondary schools do you see? olodo na ogbu go kill you

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Fashola the Islamic fascist rounded up a bunch of mentally challenged innocent Nigeria and dumped them under the bridge-head at upper Iweka Onitsha. These are people he ought to have sent to psychiatric hospitals or other humanitarian agencies for help.
            ……And you @disqus_jP0WOa3O7f:disqus the Jezebel is so proud about this mean ruthless display of wickedness that you brag with it ? May God have mercy !

          • Oleku

            We have something, we have a lot, we got oil mate, what do Yorubas have?

          • Ayelala

            People

          • Maria

            You have oil yet you produce beggars…eat your oil now…Yorubas have nothing and never survived until your oil came… you stink.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Oil is a big deal !! in fact without Oleku’s OIL,your parents would have starved to death and maybe you would not be here to bite the fingers that fed you !

          • Maria

            We dont spend your bloody oil money… we work for our daily bread in God’s own country…Before your useless oil that has brought nothing good for the common people, Yorubas are light years ahead of you.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Check the list of Nigerian oil millionaires and billionaires who stole the country blind….they are mostly Yoruba,they even stole more than the Fulani who are their masters….please goggle it and educate your ignorant self !

          • Maria

            If you are not ignorant, you will not tell me that without oil money I will be starving when I am neither living nor working in Nigeria to benefit from your useless oil money. It shows your level of idiocy, moron.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            What about your family? They would have all starved to death,they cannot survive on palm oil and blackened ewedu for long . In fact you may not have been born

          • Maria

            And your bonobo parents live on palm tapping and that smelly apu… your mama smells around with that stench of apu…ashiwin.

          • Denis_NG

            Go Maria, you can definitely hold your own gurl!

            Tawanda and Oleku, is it not obvious to you guys that Maria is not and cannot be intimidated by you? You want Jonathan re-elected, yet rather than exhibiting his achievements (if there are any) and persuading voters otherwise, you are busy abusing and further alienating your principal from hitherto his most potent supporters. The bitter fact is that SS/SE votes would not be enough to bring Jona back and no matter the shenanigans, GEJ will be voted out come February 2015. Lord knows the country needs a breath of fresh air from this putrid one currently pervading the whole country.

          • Maria

            Wonder why those Yorubas have not been prosecuted for stealing your oil….after all you have all the state power to prosecute them… all you do is go around mourning like hungry animal. All this mourning in the name of coercing Nigerians to vote your doomed candidate…lol! You have a long way to go.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You must mean”moaning” since “mourning” is for the bereaved !
            At least you have swallowed your own words about the Yoruba not caring about oil….that is the important thing here !!

          • Maria

            That is exactly what you have been doing… you are bereaved because you think some people have left you behind…

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            HMMMMN……OK !

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            That tantrum about “bonobo” is very unladylike !!

          • Oleku

            TAWANDA no mind the Maria e-janjaweedian–she thinks with Cocoa Oodua can be sustainable–she’s that naive

          • Denis_NG

            Yoruba States also have oil or are Ondo and Lagos States no longer Yoruba states? Maybe you don’t care to educate yourself enough about the oil in Lagos and Ondo states, so, what’s your problem with Yoruba and oil? If you care to know, the way things are, in just a few years from now, your much vaunted oil will be as good as black mud with almost no value to anyone, thanks to the shale and alternative energy technologies in the United States and elsewhere.

            The fact of the matter is, come February 2015, Jonathan will be sent packing from Aso Rock and if you want, you guys can go ahead and withdraw your oil from under Nigerian shores.

      • Otile

        Maria, don’t be talking about the bend down stuff. It is suggestive. Talk like a Christian.

        • Maria

          lol!

  • Maria

    A vote for Jonathan is a vote for badluck.

  • Simeon

    Where are Professors Wole Soyinka & Itse Sagay?

    Where is Professor Wole Soyinka? Is he asleep now? Where is Professor Itse Sagay too?
    They are the ones shouting most that Action Congress/APC is a progressive party, not so?
    These 70% failures have been constant from 1999 in Lagos under Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola.

    Lagos state has consistently recorded 70% plus failure rate in the past 15 years under AC/APC.
    But as far as Soyinka and Sagay are concerned 70%+ WASC failure for 15 years is ‘progressive’.
    Nonsense! I beg, my people, yeye dey smell. A dead country living in self-deceit. Second base o jare!

  • favourtalk

    See how far they’v destroyed this country with bad policies in education and loads of embezzlement in the ministry of education. The children of ours are now suffering. We need a change

  • MushinSpeaks

    Not again! Fallen standard. This shouldnt continue when we have better promises with General Buhari.

    CHANGE we want!

  • Comfortkay

    Blame the government for not paying teachers , some teachers are yet to get salary paid for the past three months and they are always on seat down strike, when Nigeria has no oil we were not experiencing this kind of thing. Creation of more state is not a blessing or development , it is a curse and the younger generation are suffering

  • Fari

    Dear Editor Premium Times,

    Raji Fashola is a disgrace to educated Nigerians for making
    official personnel decisions wholly based on Islam. Even if he was failing and
    repeating in school, as he’d said, he still fell below the intelligence quotient
    of an average man without much education but merely possessed of clarity
    of thought on right and wrong.

    For mismanaging Lagos schools into producing 80% school certificate failure rate
    since the year resuming office in Lagos, Raji Fashola’s incompetence has by now
    almost destroyed the immediate future of Lagos state, besides the un-precedented
    debt of 3.7billion dollars he’s incurred as at today and placed on the neck
    of Lagos state government: a debt equivalent to forfeiting the next three and half
    years of Lagos state revenues from federal allocation.

  • abbadd

    People are struggling to stay alive amid Insurgency, kidnappings and murder. Where is the time and peace to read and prepare for exams? Its no where Nigeria is stagnant nothing can change until security is achieved.

    • Chukwuma

      That’s the point, well said. The solution is revolutionary overhaul of Nigeria.

  • Olaniyi Oluwakemi Monica

    Good
    day everyone my name is Olaniyi Oluwakemi Monica! Am here to testify
    what God! has use Barrister Momoh, to do in my life. i wrote waec,
    several time but my result is either withheld or council, and i have ask
    so many people to help me out but i be end up scam for many times.
    until one day well i once browser the internet i saw i testimony form
    some one making reference to Barrister Momoh! how the helped her when
    she was having the same problem. so took the phone number and i call him
    and also whatsapp him, he ask me the send him my waec, reg and sit
    number which i did. but my greatest fear was when he was now asking me
    to pay part of the money he bill me. I was having fear saying that i
    wanted to be scam again but my mom! tell me to send him the money, so i
    followed my mother instruction which i did. So to cut everything short
    in did it and ask me to go and re check it again, and behold my result
    was out and also be upgrade. I promise him to tell my friends about it.
    Please if you’re having problems of any of this withheld of WAEC
    RESULT,GCE,NECO, AND NABTEB CALL BARRISTER MOMOH! WITH THIS NUMBER OR
    CAN WHATSAPP HIM ALSO::07053797645. PLEASE THIS IS REAL, IF YOU’RE
    HAVING IN ANY DOUBT IN MIND YOU CAN CALL ME WITH THIS NUMBER:
    09030268564. THANK YOU. GOD!BLESS YOU ALL….