The West African Examination Council has disclosed that, out of the 1,590,173 candidates who registered and sat for the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, about 180,205 candidates’ result have been withheld.

This was made known at a briefing on Friday at the Council’s national office in Yaba Lagos by WAEC’s Head of Nigeria National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun.

Adenipekun said, “In connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice, the results of 180,205 candidates, representing 11.33% of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination, are being withheld.

“The cases are being investigated and the investigation reports will be submitted in due course to the Council’s appropriate committee.” The decisions of the committee will be conveyed through their various colleges of the applicants concerned.

The Council also revealed that there were 1,918 applicants enrolled for the examination with differing degrees of special requirements.

“Out of the number, 299 were visually challenged, 842 had impaired hearing, 158 had low vision, 75 were mentally challenged with spastic cum and 85 were physically challenged,” added Adenipekun.

It was reported that a total of 1,596,161 candidates registered for the examination from 18,639 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria.

Of this number, 1,590,173 applicants comprising of 822,098 males and 768,075 females wrote the examination. “This is 51.70% and 48.30% respectively,” Adenipekun quoted.

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