The West African Examinations Council on Monday says a total of 1,079 students with varying degrees of special needs wrote its 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates.
The Head of the Nigeria National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, disclosed the news while announcing the 2021 WASSCE results at the WAEC office.
Areghan disclosed that, ” I also wish to report that a total of One Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty-Nine (1,539) candidates, with varying degrees of Special Needs, registered for the examination. Out of this number, Four Hundred and Sixty (460) were visually challenged, Five Hundred and Eighty-Two (582) had impaired hearing; Three Hundred and Sixty Two (362) were spastic cum mentally challenged and Fifty Nine (59) were physically challenged.
"All these candidates were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination. The results of these candidates have been processed and are also being released along with those of other candidates.
“Of the total number of One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty One (1,560,261) candidates that sat the examination, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy-Seven (784,677) were males while Seven Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty-Four (775,584) were females, representing 50.29% and 49.71%, respectively.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination in Nigeria, One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety (1,256,990) candidates, representing 80.56% have their results fully processed and released while Three Hundred and Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy One (303,271) candidates, representing 19.44% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some issues being resolved.
"Efforts are, however, being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released within the next week," he said.
Candidates have good standing despite hitches during the examination
Responding to questions on the performance of students at this year’s WASSCE, the Head of WAEC reiterated that collective efforts of all stakeholders were responsible for the 89.62 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.
He gave the breakdown as follows: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty One (1,560,261) candidates that sat the examination,
“One Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy (1,398,370) candidates, representing 89.62%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics;
“One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty Four (1,274,784) candidates, representing 81.7%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.”