Approximately 53% of students who sat for the 2016 May/June West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have passed.

According to the results released on Friday, August 5, by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Lagos, 137,295 candidates (representing 8.89%) had their results withheld.

The total number of candidates who passed had credit passes in five subjects including English Language and Mathematics was 878,040 which represented 52.97%, a stark contrast to the 2014 and 2015 breakdown where 31.28% and 38.68% respectively had the same ratings.

Vanguard quotes Olu Adenipekun, the Nigerian head of WAEC as saying: "the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the Council in due course for consideration."

He informed also that 1,552,758 candidates sat for this year's examination May/June examination, explaining further that out of the 1,544,234 who sat for the exams, "a total of 1,014,573 candidates, representing 65.70% obtained six (6) credits and above; one million one hundred sixty seven thousand four hundred and eighty four (1,167,484) candidates, representing 75.60% obtained five (5) credits and above, while one million two hundred and eighty two thousand two hundred and four (1,282,204) candidates, representing 83.03% obtained credit and above in four (4) subjects."

1,370,049 candidates, representing 88.72% obtained credit and above in three subjects just as 1,438,679 candidates, representing 93.16% had credit passes and above in two subjects.

Candidates are to log on to the official website of WAEC: http://www.waecdirect.org to check their results within the next 24 hours.

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