WAEC Releases 2017 WASSCE Provisional Results
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the candidates who sat for the 2017 West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
In a statement released on Wednesday, WAEC announced that provisional results of the May/June WASSCE can be accessed on their website whiles hard copies are being prepared to be dispatched to the various schools.
The statement indicated that, based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in English Language and Mathematics showed marked improvements over the results for 2016.
In English Language the performance increased from 53.19% in 2016 to 54.06% in 2017, whiles in Mathematics, it is from 32.83% to 42.73%.
On the contrary, Integrated Science and Social Studies showed slight drop from the previous year’s performance.
The performance dropped from 48.48% to 43.66% in Integrated Science, whiles in Social Studies, it dropped from 54.93% in 2016 to 52.25% in 2017.
According to WAEC, a total of 289,210 candidates took part in the 2017 examination. This figure is 5.45% higher than the 2016 candidature of 274,262. The 2017 entry figure was made up of 147,591 (51%) males and 141,619 (49%) females. The examination was conducted for 916 participating schools. A total of 1,732 (0.60%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.
The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows:
• English Language: 155,077 (54.06%) obtained A1-C6; 73,409 (25.59%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,351 (20.35%) had F9;
• Mathematics (Core): 122,450 (42.73%) obtained A1-C6; 106,024 (37%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,070 (20.27%) had F9;
• Integrated Science: 125,204 (43.66%) obtained A1-C6; 84,851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 76,693 (26.75%) had F9;
• Social Studies: 149,806 (52.25%) obtained A1-C6; 69,795 (24.35%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 67,078 (23.40%) had F9.
Meanwhile, entire results of candidates from 185 schools have been withheld, pending conclusion of investigations into malpractices detected during and after the examinations. Results of candidates from 31 out of the 185 schools were detected with the Item Differentia profile (IDP) software, which showed cheating in the objective tests.
The exam governing body also cautioned the general public especially candidates against impostors who promise changing results for a fee, stating that its results are well secured and authenticated.
“The Council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed,” the statement said.
WAEC expressed gratitude to its stakeholders including the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education, and Ghana Police Service for a successful conduct of the exams.