The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has declared that it will withhold the 2023 results of candidates sponsored by state governments that have outstanding debts with the Council. Speaking during a press briefing on Monday to announce the release of the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, Mr. Patrick Areghan, Head of Nigeria Office, revealed that Zamfara, Niger, and six other states were among those indebted to WAEC.
Mr. Areghan emphasized the importance of financial commitment from states sponsoring candidates for the examination. He stated, “States sponsoring candidates for the examination must show commitment, willingness, readiness, and ability to pay or redeem their pledges. We make bold to say that the results of the indebted states will not be released along with others.”
Candidates who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council will be able to access their results on the official WAEC results website. However, for those candidates sponsored by indebted states, their results will not be released until the outstanding debts are settled. Mr. Areghan appealed to these states to promptly settle their debts, allowing the affected schools and candidates to access their results.
Out of the total 1,613,733 candidates who took the examination, 1,361,608 candidates (84.38%) obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, with or without English Language and Mathematics. Additionally, 79.81% achieved credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Mr. Areghan also disclosed that the results of 262,803 candidates are being withheld due to reported cases of examination malpractice, accounting for 16.29% of the total candidates who participated in the exam. He cited reasons such as inadequate preparation, over-reliance on unauthorized aids (“Expo”), and lack of self-confidence among candidates.
The 2023 WASSCE took place over seven weeks, spanning from May 8 to June 23.