The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results of the 2018 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) where a total of 786, 016 students, representing 49.98 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
In this category were 389,655 males and 396,361 females, representing 47.32 and 52.92 per cent, respectively.
The Head of the Nigerian National Office (HNO) of the council, Mr Olu Adenipekun, who disclosed this to reporters in Lagos, said there had been a decline in this year’s candidates’ performance by 10 per cent compared with 2017 when it recorded 59.22 per cent for 923,486 candidates.
He said a total of 1,578,846 candidates registered from 17,886 recognised secondary schools in the country, out of which 1,572,396 candidates sat for the examination.
Of the total 1,572,396 candidates that sat for the examination, 823,424 were males and 748,972 were females, representing 52.36 per cent and 47.63 per cent, respectively.
A further breakdown of the results showed that 1,213,244 candidates, representing 76.84 per cent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics).
Adenipekun said a total of 858,424 candidates, representing 54.59 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language but without Mathematics.
“Out of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination in Nigeria, 1,470,338 candidates, representing 93.51 per cent have their results fully processed and released while 102,058 candidates representing 6.49 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently,” the HNO stressed.
He added that a total of 1,328 candidates with varying degrees of special needs registered for the examination, adding, “Out of this number, 251 were visually challenged, 783 had impaired hearing; 123 had low vision, 88 were spastic cum mentally challenged, and 83 were physically challenged.