The West Africa Examination Council, says 453 candidates who sat for the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) across the country had their entire results cancelled for examination malpractices.
The Council noted that 1,859 candidates had their subject results cancelled; while eight candidates had their entire results cancelled and have been barred from taking any of the council’s examinations for two years.
Very Reverend Sam Nii Nmai Ollenu, Head of National Office of WAEC disclosed this in Accra at a news briefing to release the provisional results for the May/June 2015 WASSCE.
Very Rev Ollenu urged candidates to access their results online at the Council’s website.
He said a total of 268,812 candidates took the examination for 810 participating schools, which represented 11 per cent higher than the 2014 candidature of 242,164.
He said the results of 119 schools have been withheld whilst investigations into alleged mass cheating in the objective test were identified with the aid of the new anti-malpractice software.
Speaking on the performance of candidates for the four compulsory subjects, Very Rev Ollenu said with the English Language, 50.29 per cent of candidates obtained A1-C6, 30.68 per cent obtained D7-E8, while 19.02 had F9.
He noted that with the Mathematics, 25.29 per cent obtained A1-C6, 29.75 per cent had D7-E8 and 37.17 had F9, while the integrated science revealed that 23.63 per cent obtained A1-C6, 39.19 per cent got D7-E8 and 37.17 per cent had F9.
The Social Studies subjects showed that 51.84 per cent obtained A1-C6, 25.20 per cent got D7-E8 whilst 22.94 per cent had F9.
Very Rev Ollenu said the Council has introduced interventions such as the item differentia profile, the biometric registration of candidates, and use of metal detectors use of G-Type answer booklets to address examination malpractices.