At least 598 candidates who sat in the 2016 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) had their “entire results cancelled.”
According to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), out of the 274,262 candidates who participated in the examination, 2,184 had issues with their results.
A statement signed by WAEC’s spokesperson, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe said 1,576 candidates had their subject results cancelled while some 13 candidates who had their entire results cancelled have also been “barred from taking any of the Council’s examinations for two years mainly for impersonation during the examination”.
“With the aid of the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software; 2,293 candidates who were identified to have cheated in the following core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science have had their relevant subject results cancelled. The software did not detect any cheating in Social Studies. The IDP software was introduced to enable the Council detect cheating in the objective tests which hitherto, went largely unnoticed.
“Additionally, the entire results of candidates presented by 85 schools have been withheld whilst investigations into alleged cases of mass cheating are being conducted. The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise,” the statement added.
According to WAEC, a total of 125,065 students obtained A1 to C6 in English Language, which is 53.19%, 59,725 (25.40%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 46,595 (19.82%) had F9.
For Mathematics, 77,108 (32.83%) obtained A1-C6; 65,007 (27.68%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 89,477 (38.10%) had F9.
About 113,933 students obtained A1-C6 in Integrated Science which is 48.48%, 75,938 (32.32%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 42,519 (18.09%) had F9.