A total of 316,999 candidates entered for the examination, representing 9.6 per cent higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207.
A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and by signed by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, said the 2018 entry figure was made up of 158,550 representing 50.02 per cent males and 158,449 representing 49.98 per cent females.
It said the examination was conducted for 946 participating schools.
The statement said a total of 1,378 signifying 0.43 per cent of the candidates who registered and were absent from the examination.
It said the Council would dispatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results.
The statement said the Council has posted the results online and candidates who so desire, may access their results at the Council’s website.
It said the entire results of 26,434 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and alter the conduct of the examination.
The statement said withheld results of candidates would be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise.
The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows:
English Language: 147,232 signifying 46. 79 per cent obtained A1-C6; 99,402 (31.60 per cent) obtained D7-E8 while 68,002 representing 21.61 per cent had F9; Mathematics (core): 120,519 (38.33 per cent) obtained A1-C6; 94,607 (30.09 per cent) obtained D7-E8 while 99,275 (31.58 per cent) had F9; Integrated Science: 158,691 (50.52 per cent) obtained A1-C6; 109,069 (34.72 per cent) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,367 14.76 per cent had F9; Social Studies: 230,141 (73.27 per cent) obtained Al-C6; 46,464 (14.79 per cent) obtained D7-E8 whilst 37,494 (11.94 per cent) had F9.
The statement said the Council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of impostors, who promise to change examination results for a fee.
It said candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated and people with forged results would be exposed.
The statement said based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in Social Studies showed a marked improvement over that of 2017 with 52.25 per cent to 73.27 per cent, while Integrated Science recorded a slight improvement of 43.66 per cent to 50.52 per cent.
On the contrary, Mathematics (Core) showed a drop in performance from 2017 (42.73 per cent to 38.33 per cent). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in English Language (54.06 per cent to 46.79 per cent).
It expressed its deepest appreciation to all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, 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 results.