WAEC Withholds Results Of Candidates From Eight States Over Debts

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By Idris Bakare

The West African Examinations Council has withheld results of students from eight states of the federation that sat for the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, over the indebtedness of the states to the Council.

This was revealed in a press conference held recently in Lagos by the Head of National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, while briefing the press on the release of the results of the examination concluded 44 days ago.

While expressing confidence that some of the affected states would soon pay up, the HNO listed Zamfara and Niger as the highest debtors. He, however, refuses to mention the remaining states.

While Areghan also did not give the amount the states owe individually and collectively, it was gathered that it runs into hundreds of millions of naira.

“However, Zamfara and Niger states are the highest debtors. Again Zamfara did not present any candidate for this year’s WASSCE,” Areghan said.

According to him, “Candidates who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s website: www.waecdirect.org. After accessing their results, candidates can visit www.waec.org to confirm, share and download digital copies of their certificates! Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly.

“I need to restate that the results of candidates sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates to access their results.”

He said the Council was able to surmount challenges of insecurity, and cash policy among others, via technological innovation that saw over 91 percent of candidates results released.

He explained that out of a total of the 1,613,733 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,361,608) candidates, representing 84.38%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, while 1,287,920 candidates, representing 79.81%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“The conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2023 ended on June 23, 2023, and today, Monday, August 7, 2023, 44 days after the conduct of the last paper, one day short of the existing template, the result is being released

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