The West African Examinations Council says only 49.98 per cent of candidates who wrote its 2018 school certificate examination obtained credit passes and above.

This represents a fluctuation in  candidate performance in the last three years in view of the outcome of the just released 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results.

The council’s Head of National Office, Olu Adenipekun, gave this information at a news conference on Wednesday, July 4, to announce the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Lagos.

He said the performance, when compared to what obtained in the same examination in 2016 and 2017, showed a decline.

“If we should compare the performance of candidates for this year’s examination under this category with that of 2016, which was 52.97 and in 2017; 59.22, we are safe to say it is fluctuating, just as it is declining.These statistics are clear for you to see and make your judgment,” he said

He said that a total of 1,578,846 registered for the examination in Nigeria, and 1,572,396 of them sat for the examination, revealing that a a  total of 786,016 candidates, representing 49.98 per cent who sat for the examination, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

Adenipekun acknowledged that there were cases of malpractice but it was minimal.

“For cases that are established as in other previous examinations, the council is already looking at them,” he said.

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