WAEC withholds results of 13 states over N4b 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. The results revealed that only 39% of exam takers obtained five credits (including English and Math).

The management of the Council, on the other hand, has withheld the release of results of candidates in 13 states who have failed to make payments for their sponsored candidates.

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 state governments time to settle their bills.

However, in spite of pressure from newsmen, the management has failed to mention or release the names of the 13 states owing the Council, saying opposition parties would hijack the issue – noting that Imo, Delta and Edo states were not part of the debtor states.

According to Eguridu, after a two-week ultimatum given by 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 their 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 uploaded today, those of the 13 debtor states would not be included noting: ‘’I sympathize with you journalists 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% obtained credit in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

Eguridu, however, stated that there was a marginal improvement in the performance of candidates on that score compared to 2014, where 31.28% (529, 425 candidates) obtained the qualifying credits.

On the improvement of results, Eguridu attributed it to stakeholders including schools (especially teachers) who doubled their effort, predicting that in 2016 the performance of candidates would improve by up to 40 per cent.

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