The West African Examination Council has said that, of the 1,590,173 candidates who registered and sat for the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, female candidates outshine their male counterparts in getting a minimum of five credits, including English Language and Mathematics.
This was made known by WAEC’s Head of Nigeria National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, at a briefing on Friday at the Council’s national office in Yaba, Lagos.
Adenipekun also disclosed that 64.18 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination obtained five credits, a 14.18 per cent increase from the 50 per cent of 2018.
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“A total of 1,596,161 candidates registered for the examination from 18,639 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria.
Of that number, 1,590,173 candidates sat for the examination, among which 822,098 were male while 768,075 were female, representing 51.70 per cent and 48.30 per cent respectively.
“No fewer than 1,309,570 candidates representing 82.35 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, i.e with or without English Language and/or Mathematics; while 1,020,519 candidates, representing 64.18 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number, 507,862, that is 49.77 per cent, were males and 512,657, that is 50.23 per cent, were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates was 50 per cent in 2018,” Adenipekun said.
The WAEC Nigeria boss further disclosed that the results of 1,468,071 candidates, representing 92.32 per cent of candidates that sat for the examination, were fully processed; while 122,102, representing 7.68 per cent of candidates that sat for the examination had a few of their subjects still being processed.