The entire results of 598 candidates of this year’s West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been cancelled, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said.
The withheld results will be cancelled if the candidates are found culpable or released if otherwise.
A statement signed and issued by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the council, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, announcing the release of the provisional results, said 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled, while 13 others whose results were cancelled had been barred from taking any of the council’s examinations for two years, mainly for impersonation during the examination.
The statement further said 1,576 candidates had their subject results cancelled.
It said with the aid of the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software, 2,293 candidates who were identified to have cheated in the English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science papers had had their relevant subject results cancelled.
Performance in core subjects
Giving statistics of the performance of the candidates in the core subjects, the statement said 125,065 candidates obtained between A1 and C6, while 59,725 scored between D7 and E8, with 46,595 scoring F9 in the English Language.
In Mathematics, 77,108 obtained A1-C6, while 65,007 obtained D7-E8, with 89,477 scoring F9.
It said 113,933 of the candidates had between A1-C6 in Integrated Science, while 75,938 obtained D7-E8 and 42,519 of them had F9.
Furthermore, in Social Studies, it said, 129,058 obtained A1-C6, while 53,824 obtained D7-E8, with 49,198 obtaining F9.
The statement, however, said the general performance for 2016 was a significant improvement over that of 2015.
Release of the results
It said the council was in the process of despatching the results to the schools and candidates were advised to contact their heads of schools for their results.
“Meanwhile, the council has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire may access their results at the council’s website,” it said.
Beware of impostors
“The council is alerting members of the public, especially candidates, to be wary of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee.
“The activities of these persons are being investigated and culprits will be brought to book. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated and persons with forged results will be exposed,” the statement said.
A total of 274,262 candidates entered for the examination, representing a two per cent rise over the figure for 2015 which was 268,764.
The 2016 entry figure was made up of 141,524 (51.60 per cent) males and 132,738 (48.40 per cent) females.
The examination was conducted for 897 participating schools.
A total of 1,552 (0.57 per cent) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.
“The council wishes to express its deepest appreciation to all stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service (GES), supervisors, invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, examiners and all who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of the results,” the statement added.